Adelaide-based visual artist, Mark Valenzuela, will be the subject of the 2022 South Australian Living Artist (SALA) Publication.

Installation view of Mark Valenzuela's Violently

Installation view of Mark Valenzuela's Violently (2016). Photo: courtesy of Artinformal, an artist-run centre for art education and exhibitions in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

The 2022 SALA Publication recognises an artist whose works have been displayed worldwide in solo and group exhibitions over the past two decades. Mark Valenzuela’s works were recently displayed at the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and are held in the contemporary art collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia. The book will be launched at the opening of the 2022 SALA Festival.

Initiated by Arts South Australia, the annual SALA Publication raises the profile of local visual art, craft and design practitioners. It is published in partnership with the Board of the SALA Festival and Wakefield Press.

The twenty-fourth book in the series, the 2022 SALA Publication will focus on Valenzuela’s interdisciplinary works, which combine ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, and video. The works frequently represent personal and social conflicts and draw upon the artist’s experiences of the Philippines and Australia. Valenzuela has upcoming solo exhibitions at Adelaide Central Gallery and Artinformal, a gallery in the Philippines that maintains links to international art and art book fairs.

The SALA Publication also supports the development of South Australian arts writers and arts writing.

In 2022, the publication will contain text by professional arts writer Dr Belinda Howden and emerging writer Anna O’Loughlin. Their written contributions will add to a growing record of South Australian artists.

Nominations are now open for the 2023 publication, closing 11 October 2021.