GARANCE VALLÉE

Artist

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When did you start painting, drawing and creating and what pushed you towards it?
I grew up in the painting studio of my father Kriki (kriki.com), between paints and Punk music. I began to draw and create objects near him. My love of the straight line results unmistakably in his hand. My parents raised us, my brother and I, in this arty lifestyle. My mother, who studied art history, made me work on my culture as much as she could, teaching me to have this thirst of "knowledge" which participates in my creativity today. So i started to create in an artistic environment since i was a kid. I grew up between the artist’s studio of my father and my mother’s artistic literary world. They are my first sources of inspiration. I owe them this open- mindedness. They’re the ones who shaped my artistic eye. I’ve always drawn and built little objects in my father’s studio. Now i’m in my studio with my fiancé in the center of paris, and this romantic atmosphere we create together is very important for my creativity.


How do you find the balance between the vision you have and the mediums you are using?
It’s hard to find the real balance, that’s why i always come through different medium for a same idea. And repeat it sometimes. Starting from an object, draw it alone or in a specific space, make a little model, testing the materials, do it in real. Or it could be inverse, sometimes i like to fall in love with a matter or a medium and looking into how i can use it.

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What inspired your style of work?
Passionate about contemporary art, design and architecture, my inspiration comes from modernism movement and the young talents of the avant-garde of today. I love working with a lot of different materials, I like feeling them, modelling, having a real contact with the textures that I use. What excites me the most is bringing my drawings to life, to go from 2D to 3D. My drawings are very geometric, probably due to my father’s love for straight lines, and my architecture studies. But from time to time I like adding curves through a feminine figure that represents the women in my life. To me, drawing is like a step towards object design. That’s how I currently consider it. As if everything I drew was destined to be built someday.


Where do you get inspiration from? Are there any particular artists, photographers, painters drawers you look up to their works?
Everything is a source of inspiration : walking, eating, talking, and even being. Even if we’re not practicing any art, the way we see things, the way we pay attention and are sensitive about everything is what define ourselves. You start to see things around, be more attentive and sensitive. Wherever I
am, I can’t help but writing or scribbling down something really quickly when an idea comes to my mind. I also go to some places because I like their
ambience, their architecture, because they inspire me... even music or clothes are a source of inspiration. It’s a whole, an everyday lifestyle. It creates your own artist personality. I’m a very romantic person in my everyday life, so I like to show it in my work so people can feel it too. I often get inspired by « The Poetics of Space « (French: La Poétique de l'Espace) which is a 1958 book by Gaston Bachelard. Bachelard applies the method of phenomenology to architecture basing his analysis not on purported origins but on lived experience in architectural places and their contexts in nature. And I totally love the short carrier of artist Absalon, with his white architectural cells.

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How long does it take to create a piece? What is the process being it?
It’s not much about the time but more about the process...i can work on an idea for a year but never find the good time, material, desire or event to create it. I like to use everything, I’m not locked in one technique or one wave of inspiration. To me, experimentation is primary. I like it. Testing things, seeing that they don’t work, trying and trying again, and sometimes trying once, succeeding, and never being able to recreate it again. It’s the magic of experimentation. Furthermore, in my architecture studies, I’m currently receiving training in scenography which helped me find my way of presenting my world, stage my drawings and objects. Every staging of a drawing becomes an installation itself.

 

Would you say that there is a main thread connecting all your artworks and if so, which is it?

For sure. I think my architecture and scenography studies were a directive line to my personal work. I often consider my object as small architecture that’s why i love using real construction material, like concrete, plaster, wood, glass... There is an interesting contrast between my small girl body and this hard material to work with, heavy and stiff. Even my painting or drawing always start from an idea of space, interior, shape and matter.


What kind of talks would you like to hear around your artworks?
I like when people ask how it is constructed , what the matter is, what the process behind is. I prefer talking about the gesture instead of the meaning. I would like to invoke in someone a way of discovering the architecture with their body and with their senses and not only with their eyes and the aesthetic of a place.

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