Valdez utilizes artistic research through a variety of mediums: video, photography, field recordings, performance and printed matter. In bridging disciplines of archival research, ethnography and visual arts, her practice blends intuition and inquiry; affect with historical and contemporary analysis. Valdez explores ways in which we preserve memory, recover personal histories and share narratives. She restages artifacts and reveals overlooked and forgotten details found in the vernacular. In 2017, she will begin an MFA in the Moving Image at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For the coming two years, she will join the multidisciplinary initiative Humanities Without Walls as support in artistic and creative direction in the new project, "Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene".