Oscar Valero

Oscar's residency was rich as he encountered and engaged the environment in numerous ways. Read about his experience in his own words and follow this link for many more images of the work he made at Thread:

"I arrived at Sinthian, a remote and a small village in the region of Tambacounda, Senegal, on January 15, I was part of the program Thread: Artist in Residence, Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

I lived for seven weeks without telephone or internet and I was not able to communicate well with the local population.

There is dust, everything is covered, it is best to accept it and work with it.

At night there is less silence than I expected, donkeys screaming as if they were killed, the cows go crazy and the dogs sing all at once. They begin with a howl that accompanies a choir of more than 30 dogs of the same race. 

Every night between 3 and 4 o'clock, a car whistles intensely, the van that delivers goods. 

There are thousands of very repetitive sounds of different birds, especially at dawn and dusk.

What have I come to do here? Draw, read, work with earth, get bored, live without phone or internet, to miss.

I do not know what I draw. My purpose was to observe and respond. I didn´t question what I was doing. I was experimenting,

I draw for my own interest. The drawings were made for their own expression.

Everything becomes more physical, I need material, I do not know where to get intense blacks. All things are wasted. Materials that I had been with them for more than 3 years, they have lasted me no more than fifteen days."


A termite mound painted with natural pigment.

A termite mound painted with natural pigment.