Valerie Grove Artist

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Nature Strikes Back 
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Welcome to Nature Strikes Back.
 
I have a diverse and itinerant career with extended periods living or travelling across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US. As well as being an artist my life experience includes editor, researcher, cultural policy consultant, political analyst, reviewer, website builder, community arts organiser, academic tutor, project manager, teacher, nightclub hostess, supermarket assistant, barmaid and dog-walker.  The best job was probably the last one in that list. I am currently doing preliminary work on a new project which seeks to provide creative amd alternative ways to manage emotional / mental health and trauma related distress. 
 
My artistic practice is experimental and led by materials and process with an underlying environmental theme. I started painting on found objects and discarded board and paper in the mid 1990s, depicting natural scenes with an often toxic combination of materials. As digital technology developed, I Incorporated industrial printer inks as a primary medium making the work more vivid and the landscapes more 'artificial'. I digitised many of these works and they became the foundation of a series of prints exploring composition, texture and spectrum in paint-based, digital work. 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 2015, I began working with plain acrylic and raw, natural materials. The subtle colours and textures in these paintings, and their sense of stillness and order, is a stark contrast to the constant movement and intense colour saturation of our contemporary visual environments. 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, September 2018 
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'Libraries raised me'
​Ray Bradbury​​

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