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, project manager, English teacher, nightclub hostess, checkout girl, barmaid and dog-walker. I am currently working on a new project which seeks to provide creative and alternative ways to support emotional amd mental health. 

 
My artistic practice is experimental and has an environmental foundation. It loosely explores change over time and the contemporary human relationship with nature. 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 photographed and digitally edited many of these works creating a series of prints in which the original landscapes became unrecognisable. 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. 

Valerie Grove, September 2018 
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'Libraries raised me'
​Ray Bradbury​​

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