From the interview for “Highlark” magazine:

“Brosteans work is a fantastical interpretation of today’s social whims, but among the creatures and other universes lies an eerie sense of order. A medicine cabinet full of horrors, maybe, depending on how you see the line between real and unreal. Ultimately, past the metaphor and narrative and saturated imagery, it’s Valentina’s dive into the deep that defines her work, exploring a place that remains open to a select few individuals if only they choose to enter it. These straightforward forms are effective in their way, relating directly to what we look for in ourselves and each other, and the external forces we face. Some of her scenes, however, retain the distortion that she seems to have focused on in her early stuff, that unearthly normalcy. The painting walks the line between human representation and the abstracted forms it can take”.