Arts & Sculptures Inspired by Nature
French artist Valerie Rey who was born in Paris and have been trained in Fine Arts and developed her first years of work in her homeland in the field of graphic design, textile, decoration and architecture.
In 1999 she decided to migrate to Costa Rica, a land with which she emotionally connects feeling part of an overwhelming nature due to its magnitude and beauty, making it the essence of her artistic inspiration.
From the Parisian urbanity to the Central American jungle, from French to Spanish, Valerie chose to live, produce and reflect in an environment related to her search, staying close to the primary source that motivates her creative impulse and from there transmitting, putting in her work, her ideas and concerns.
Dissemination of Work:
2023 Dublin, Ireland Glass Biennale 2023
2022 Costa Rica, Cartago - Art Glass Biennale
2022 Cancún – Maya Museum de Cancún
2021 Miami - Context Art Miami - Steidel Contemporary art gallery
2020 Palm Beach show - Steidel Contemporary art gallery
2020 Art Palm Beach- Steidel Contemporary art gallery
2019 Chicago - Sofa Expo
2019 London Art Biennale (2º prize)
2019 Tokyo - Contemporary Art Station
2018 New York - Agora Gallery Competition Chelsea
2018 Monaco - Gemlucart Palmares 10º édition Monte-Carlo
2018 Paris - Galerie Bettina
2018 Venise Biennale Art and Achitecture
2018 New York « Environment Food Chain » RE-Artiste international
2018 Costa Rica - Biennale Tamarindo Art Festival - video &photos - signature piece of the Festival
2016 Costa Rica - Biennale Tamarindo Art Festival
Wondering what is it like to be alive?
It is not so much the answer that matters, but it is to ask the question.
Empower and bring awareness of the value of life in all its forms.
From the moment that life reveals its true face there is no beginning, no end, only an ebb and flow of continuity… an eternal breath!
I work through intuition, there I come into contact with myself. I collect fallen trees, dead branches, fungi, roots, driftwood, empty walnut shells and seed pods. They are considered “dead Nature” forgotten by all because they are without value to most people. I collect them jealously as for me, they tell the story of our land, our heritage, a part of ourselves.
I sublimate my wood treasures by covering them with gold. It is a sensual act to apply a gold leaf. The gesture must be calm and precise, she asks to hold her breath at the moment of the pose, a parenthesis in the tumult, like an act at once religious and voluptuous.
Every day in my studio, I found, form and shape glass beads like tiny beings, similar but in reality, all different and once assembled, form a colony, a people. To repeat these gestures again and again is a therapeutic mediation for me.
Then comes the assemblage… gold forever symbolizing power and eternity, glass a token of purity and clarity.
At the moment they unite, the metamorphosis takes place and the resurrection takes shape, the vibrant creation of a new organic material comes to life, highlighting the value of mere life itself.
It is necessary for the whole process to take its time as it is a Re-birth. There lies all the meaning of my work.
We fully realize ourselves when we are aware that our time is limited, which gives more value to life and allows us to appreciate the beauty of what surrounds us, every minute, every second that we are given.
A MINUTE OF ETERNITY
During the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival 2018, Valerie Rey showed one of her biggest and majestic artworks, SuperNova. Unfold the inspiration that embodies the origin of her creation.
M3TAMORPHOSIS will take you through a journey of inspiration and thought about Valerie Rey’s work, while experimenting the emotions of our existence and the natural beauty that always has distinguished Costa Rica.