In Valentina Stieger’s work we encounter a plethora of moments surrounding issues of the everyday, design, and art. In ways that are very subtle and delicate, at times very clearly defined, we can recognize mundane materials have been translated into another aesthetic realm of visibility, requiring us to approach their visual qualities along a different semantic plane. While clarity, artistic interven­tion, as well as formal order—specific spatial references—play a major role in her installations, the sometimes whimsical visual games they entail hardly exhaust themselves in a formally autonomous aesthetics. 
Stieger’s works always point beyond the immediate arena of artistic production, an attest to their origin in that other realm of visibility, which enables the pos­sibility of recognition in the first place. What might initially seem like an inter­rogation of visual phenomena in their immediate qualities subtly diverges into the field of collective visual memory—for example revealing art historical frames of reference, as well as challenging these as reproductions, especially within the context of popular design as a social­historical referential space. Furthermore, the material fissures in Valentina Stieger’s work go beyond the historical. 
Her works ultimately address the oscillation between valorization and debasement. Through the displacement and shifting of objects and materials, through mo­ments that visually deceive the viewer, and also by defining an artistic, manual «creating» Valentina Stieger finds ever new strategies of synthesis to negotiate the only seemingly stable value limits and categories between everyday objects, design, and art. In doing so, she makes a contribution to art that does not shy away from reflecting on its status as such.
David Misteli