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A little bit about The Wild Boar by Val Sivilli

This hairy, murky, somewhat unknowable beast emerged unprovoked from a deep, dark place. It was all a bit frightening, yet very exciting as the tale of this wild animal emerged. This process of (self?) discovery began with these few short lines:

“I am fairly certain that there is an animal living inside of me. I don’t mean this metaphorically, I mean this actually. There is a real wild animal living inside of me.”

I travelled with this one page story to New Mexico for a 3-month residency in the winter of 2015. My intention was to create a major shift in my work through an on-going series of paintings illustrating this story. Needless to say, that is not exactly what happened. The subject of the Wild Boar found its way into all of my paintings – yet without the text. The Wild Beast insisted on it very own structure, it’s own separate and distinct narrative in the form of a book. So, being subservient to the beast and more than a little bit curious, I relented. Originally 3 books were handprinted and sewn by myself with my dear friend Ulla Warchol’s expertise to help guide me. Currently, those same 3 stories are broken down into 5 books having been transformed into a square format. They are funny, dark, ironic, gutsy, and brutally honest and available through direct purchase on the Amazon self publishing site Create Space using my WildRootPress as publisher.

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A little about Val valsivilli.com

My work is fueled by my passion for color, narrative and physical expression. I love a good story and often incorporate text into my paintings. As an Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts, I teach college level courses at various institutions. Originally, from Brooklyn, Long Island and then Brooklyn again, I now live in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. The Delaware River is never far from my site. Often, I can be found playing my accordion somewhere.

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