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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 and itinerant career with extended periods living or travelling in Asia, the US and the Middle East. As well as being an artist my life experience includes editor, researcher, reviewer, cultural policy consultant, analyst, website builder, blogger, community arts organiser, academic tutor, project manager, fundraiser, administrator, teacher, club hostess, checkout assistant, barmaid and dog-walker.    
 
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.  Incorporating industrial printer inks as a primary medium made the work more vivid and abstracted and the landscapes more 'artificial'. I digitised many of these  works and they became the foundation of a print series that played with the differences in composition and spectrum of painted and digital works. 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.
 
In 2013, I moved back to East Sussex. The recent paintings reflect this return to a rural environment and emerge specifically from the natural materials freely available in my garden. 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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