24 YEARS OLD, PARISIAN AND ARTISTS’ DAUGHTER, GARANCE VALLÉE IS AN AMAZING ARTIST / ARCHITECT, ABLE TO RE-AWAKEN THE PRIMORDIAL INSTINCTS, THANKS TO THE USE OF RAW MATERIALS AND A TOUCH OF ROMANCE. DISCOVER OUR TALK WITH HER!
If you had to describe yourself as a person and as an artist, how would you do that?
My name is Garance Vallée, I live in Paris, I’m 24 years old and I’ve just finished my Master’s degree in architecture and a specialization in scenography, to work on the smaller-scale architecture. I am a very romantic person, i believe in Human.
When did you start painting and drawing and who was your biggest inspiration?
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 for the straight lines 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 a 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 have a studio with my fiancé in the center of Paris, and this romantic atmosphere we create together is the most important for my creativity.
How are your works born and what process is hiding behind them?
I think my architecture and scenography studies were a directive line to my personal work.I often consider my object as small architecture and that’s why I love use 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. My projects are not much about the time but more about the process…I can work on a idea from one 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 inspiration current. 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.
Where is your creative inspiration coming from?
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, to be more careful 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) 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.
What feelings would you like to transmit to people who come in touch with your work?
I like when people ask informations about my work, how they are constructed , what is their matter, what is the process behind. 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 esthetic sense.
Do you have a recurring dream and nightmare?
Get lost in a big white room.
Tell us something about your typical day.
Typical day look like : Fiancé’s hug/ Mailing coffee / Walking around construction and materials shop/ Molding / Drawing/ Construit objects / Dancing / Writing about idea, concept / Red wine & cigarette/ listening music / Fiancé’s hug.
If you had to think about yourself in ten years where would you like to be?
I don’t know exactly where, but for sure with my husband and kids, in a beautiful romantic house that we entire design together, and having a big studio with all the things I need to create and with big windows opened on a garden with natural light!
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