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Nature Strikes Back 
Welcome to Nature Strikes Back.
 
I was born in East Sussex, UK, in 1963 and left to go to university in London in 1982. Since then I have had a diverse, itinerant career with extended periods living or travelling in Asia, the US and the Middle East. I am (or have been at some point) an artist, editor, researcher, reviewer, cultural policy consultant, website builder, community arts organiser, academic tutor, project manager, fundraiser, analyst, administrator, teacher and club hostess. 
 
I have no formal fine art training. My practice is experimental and led predominantly by materials and process with an underlying environmental theme. I started painting on found objects in the late 1990s depicting natural scenes with an often toxic combination of traditional fine art materials, spray paint, wax, tape, varnish and bleach. I began to incorporate industrial printer inks as a primary medium and the work became more vivid and abstracted and the landscapes more 'artificial'. I then digitised many of these  works and used them as foundations for a print series that played with the different characteristics of painted and digital composition and spectrum. From the mid-2000s I worked with site-specific and themed installation works both internationally and in the UK. Most of the above is archived on this website.
 
Following the suicide of my brother in 2013, I moved back to East Sussex. The recent paintings reflect this return to a rural environment and emerge specifically from the materials freely available in my garden. However, they are also a response to loss and have been a way of processing grief, trauma and change. I am still working on this series of paintings and am curating an open web project called ' Elegy ' that encourages people to explore feelings and experiences related to death and dying.  I am also creating a small sculpture garden in the Sussex village of Crowhurst. 

Most works on this site are for sale. Feel free to contact me for more details or for higher resolutuon images. 
Valerie Grove, November 2017 

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Valerie Grove 2017
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Libraries raised me 
Ray Bradbury

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