Monday, October 10, 2011

Valérie Boy - Defying the Laws of Physics

When you possess light within, you see it externally. ~Anaïs Nin

Looking at her work, one would never suspect an element of rage. It is so feminine and delicate. However, Valérie Boy was trained to work with steel in an all-male environment and likened it to a way in which people can channel violence and rage artistically. She likes the contrast between the cold, hard steel and the other materials that she uses. Regardless of the media, her work appears painterly and delicate.

The poet, Carl Sandburg once described poetry as being a “journal of sea animal, living on land, wanting to fly the air.” The work that Valérie creates is, in a way, like this. Not content to allow steel to be cold, hard and static, she breathes life into it, to make it appear to something else altogether. Light. Lightweight. Supple. Soft. The metal in her furniture seems pliable, as though it is blowing gently in the breeze.

Valérie refuses to limit herself by media, and uses various techniques to work with silk, porcelain, glass, sculpture, felt, resin and other materials to create her multi-layered, gravity-and-media defying art.

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The Jaguar MK2 is not an actual Jaguar body, but is a substrate that was designed and cut by someone else.

The artist spent a year studying with a steel worker to learn how to cut and weld steel, and is the first woman in France to graduate from the SFPA St. Nazaire in this discipline. When she received funding to make her art full time, she joined a primarily male orgaization working side-by-side with men to create her steel works. She found this physically challenging, but highly rewarding.

Blossom & Bill introduced her work by saying: “Valérie Boy, who has a French passion that dissolves in clouds of smoke and jazz.” He work is musical, lyrical, magical.

Despite her formal training in steel working, she is self taught as an artist. Valérie draws inspiration from various aspects of life itself (such as the 7 Deadly Sins) using steel in ways that contrast with the other materials she uses.

Does this steel pillow not look soft enough to sleep on?! Amazing.

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, "Let there be light!" And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.

~Ellen DeGeneres

To see more work by Valérie Boy , please visit her website by clicking HERE.

Stacy Alexander