Valerie Chua’s (1987) artistic practice revolves around the appropriation of image stock and both personal and public film images as her primary subject matter. Her works capture the complex and multifaceted nature of identity construction, often overlooked in our era of social media and visual culture. Chua’s paintings explore the human impulse to curate, hoard, and mimic, which shapes the creation of a public persona that aligns with an inner sense of self.