Garance Vallée is an artist born in Paris in 1993. After a master's degree in architecture and a specialization in scenography, she has been working in architecture on a smaller scale since 2017. She grew up in an artistic environment. In her father KRIKI's studio, between paintings and punk music, she begins to draw and create objects. Her love for straight lines, she inherits it from her father. Her mother, who has studied art history, will instill in her this culture and will give her this thirst for "knowledge" which contributes to her creativity today. So since childhood, she draws and builds objects, which she now realizes in her studio with her fiancé.
In 2017, she moved to New York to work in an architecture agency called LOT-EK. This experience will profoundly change her creative process, letting her feelings influence her work. No matter where she is, she can't help but write or jot down something very quickly when an idea comes to mind, inspired by her favorite places, music, and even clothing. Passionate about contemporary art, design, and architecture, her inspiration comes from anywhere but especially from experimentation, current modernism, the 50's and 70's, her travels, and young talents from the avant-garde.
She likes to use everything, she is not locked into a technique or a current of inspiration. In addition, her training as a scenographer allowed her to know how to present her world and to stage her drawings and objects. So each drawing comes from an installation itself. She loves working with a lot of different materials, feeling them, modeling them, having real contact with the textures she uses. Her favorite material is concrete! She often considers her object as small architecture, which is why she likes to use real building materials.
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Born October 18, 1993 in Paris.
Graduated in architecture and master in scenography at the National School of Architecture of Paris la Villette.
2016 SAYHITO, group show, Ultra Modern Gallery, Paris.
2017 SCALA, Artmate gallery, Paris.
TERRA, In situ installation for Milan Design Week 2017.
2018 Canvas displayed at Fondation Lafayette, Paris Rebours.
I would like to invoke in someone a way of discovering the architecture with their body with their senses and not only with they eyes and the esthetic of a place. That ’s what happened for the Milan Design Week 2018, with the installation TERRA for Martina Gamboni, at strategic footprints.I decided to create a space based on my utopic drawing and convert to an habitable room. TERRA was an interpretation of the cradle of humanity and its experience of Mother Earth' matters. The interior was fully made by hand, from painted wall, to the wood furnitures, concrete objects and carpet. For my first design solo show in 2019. To continue my reflexion about the matters of earth, the shape and color. From a personal family story, I decided to dedicate this show to my mother and work on the image of the earth-goddess Cybele, The Magna Mater, mother of the mountains. The objects are laid down on the floor like an offering. The installation form a circle as a maternal womb, this organic shape contrast with the heavy and stiff matter of the objects. Each objects, smaller than human, trying to not intimidated the spectator but to discuss with him. The objects are poured with layers of concrete and plaster, using natural stone pigment to colored them. I use this process of experiment the matter to represent the strata from past and future of the matters and sedimentary rock of Mother Earth. Experience becomes the objects. As drill core samples, the objects seem to come out of the Earth, representing unseen landscape.