Val by Val

Text of Val for her solo Exhibition Theatre of life at the RedSea Gallery in Singapore in October 2010

I feel an irrepressible hankering to create which only grows in stature and is getting stronger over the years and makes me run to my studio from sunrise. I stop at nightfall, overworked by the concentration of my day; the work accomplished in the heat of the climate of Bangkok.

I spent my day with a multitude of characters with whom I play like puppets.

I change the position of a leg, creating a swaying, I imagine a look in a new direction, I look for complicity between the characters, I make them have a dialog or live next to each other with indifference.

I have been diving around in the sensual pleasures of form, the finding of a line, the distortion or twist of the plan to allow the light to perform. I let the chance of the shape apprehend me and give me new directions while my fingers are playing, moving forward, guided by instinct in an unknown direction.

I took the time to look, to observe the details, to take a step back, to fit new ways of looking to assess, evaluate, modify, discard, confirm.

Poetry guides my thinking, my ongoing research, I forge shape like rimes, I am looking for a gentle curve to evoke a kind of inner equilibrium: the balance of a skiff on the water, the poetry of a book that flies away, of a hand that free itself from an architecture, the poetry of a shadow reflected on a wall like moving and silent silhouettes. [ + ]

Text of Val for her solo Exhibition Theatre of life at the RedSea Gallery in Singapore in October 2010

I feel an irrepressible hankering to create which only grows in stature and is getting stronger over the years and makes me run to my studio from sunrise. I stop at nightfall, overworked by the concentration of my day; the work accomplished in the heat of the climate of Bangkok.

I spent my day with a multitude of characters with whom I play like puppets.

I change the position of a leg, creating a swaying, I imagine a look in a new direction, I look for complicity between the characters, I make them have a dialog or live next to each other with indifference.

I have been diving around in the sensual pleasures of form, the finding of a line, the distortion or twist of the plan to allow the light to perform. I let the chance of the shape apprehend me and give me new directions while my fingers are playing, moving forward, guided by instinct in an unknown direction. [ + ]

French sculptor Val - Valérie Goutard - at the REDSEA Gallery with Sculptureval

Exhibition “Theatre of life” at the REDSEA Gallery in September 2010

Exhibition of French sculptor Val - Valérie Goutard - at the AAM Art & Arch Museum in Taiwan with Sculptureval

AAM Art & Arch Museum (Taiwan) in March 2012

Speech of Val at Jinray Art & Arch Museum grand opening (Taichung – Taiwan) in 2012

Being an artist requires a full commitment.
Work, work and work drove my way in sculpting in the last ten years.
I realize new sculptures like a continuous learning which drives me in a direction I deeply feel, towards a goal I cannot yet imagine as I hope I still will have many working years dedicated  to my personal learning I am following every day.

Sculpting, I am a poet doing lines instead of verses, working the rhythms of my architectures like a rhyme, using repetition, avoiding boredom, trying to let the poetry invade me while working on my attitudes, guide me where the beauty is. [ + ]

Speech of Val at Jinray Art & Arch Museum grand opening (Taichung – Taiwan) in 2012

Being an artist requires a full commitment.
Work, work and work drove my way in sculpting in the last ten years.
I realize new sculptures like a continuous learning which drives me in a direction I deeply feel, towards a goal I cannot yet imagine as I hope I still will have many working years dedicated  to my personal learning I am following every day. [ + ]

To enlarge – strictness and freedom (Speech of Val at Yishu8 foundation in Beijing in November 2015)

My work originates from years of observing nature that feeds an intuition of the world that I transform into a fulfilment.

My search is forever going forward, my thoughts are not frozen in time but form a meandering path. Each new sculpture is a completion and a promise.

My work is the manifestation of my intuition regarding man and the world.

I represent man, immortal who succeeds one another, generation after generation. I am talking about man as a human, male or female, anyone in quest of beauty, of answers. [ + ]

To enlarge – strictness and freedom (Speech of Val at Yishu8 foundation in Beijing in November 2015)

My work originates from years of observing nature that feeds an intuition of the world that I transform into a fulfilment.

My search is forever going forward, my thoughts are not frozen in time but form a meandering path. Each new sculpture is a completion and a promise.

My work is the manifestation of my intuition regarding man and the world. [ + ]

Anatomy of a creative path by French sculptor Val - Valérie Goutard - at Yishu8 foundation with Sculptureval

“Anatomy of a creative path” at Yishu8 Foundation in November 2015

Anatomy of a creative path by French sculptor Val - Valérie Goutard - at CAFA Museum with Sculptureval

“Anatomy of a creative path” at CAFA Museum in March 2016

Speech of Val at the museum of CAFA in Beijing in March 2016

For me as a French sculptor, being exhibited today at the CAFA is a great honour and a source of great happiness.
A great honour to see my work in this beautiful architecture, in this exhibition hall place of culture and art so important in China.
And I thank all the people who made this project possible, Mr. Fan D’Ian, Chairman of the Chinese Central Academy of Fine Art, Mrs. Christine Cayol, Chairman of Yishu 8 Foundation and Mr. Philippe Staib founder and director of the Philippe Staib Gallery who defends and has a deep love for sculpture and monumental sculpture. [ + ]

Speech of Val at the museum of CAFA in Beijing in March 2016

For me as a French sculptor, being exhibited today at the CAFA is a great honour and a source of great happiness.
A great honour to see my work in this beautiful architecture, in this exhibition hall place of culture and art so important in China.
And I thank all the people who made this project possible, Mr. Fan D’Ian, Chairman of the Chinese Central Academy of Fine Art, Mrs. Christine Cayol, Chairman of Yishu 8 Foundation and Mr. Philippe Staib founder and director of the Philippe Staib Gallery who defends and has a deep love for sculpture and monumental sculpture. [ + ]

Text of Val about her work with Murano glass in 2015 and 2016

Proud to preserve and maintain their ancestral craft, the Murano glass masters, passionate about the medium they use daily, welcomed me into their sanctuary and made me feel like part of their congregation throughout my working time with them.

In my studio and in the months leading up to my trip, I drew numerous sketches to develop and share my ideas with the glass masters, preparing molds, characters and bronze objects to insert into my future glass creations.

Time is not the same when I work with glass. Hesitation ceases to exist, you have to be quick, and you have to make instant decisions. The materials and the kiln set the pace. Unlike the bronze works, which take form over a period of time, the glass works need to be conceptualised beforehand. I have to develop the form and the narrative in advance. [ + ]

Text of Val about her work with Murano glass in 2015 and 2016

Proud to preserve and maintain their ancestral craft, the Murano glass masters, passionate about the medium they use daily, welcomed me into their sanctuary and made me feel like part of their congregation throughout my working time with them.

In my studio and in the months leading up to my trip, I drew numerous sketches to develop and share my ideas with the glass masters, preparing molds, characters and bronze objects to insert into my future glass creations. [ + ]

French sculptor Val - Valérie Goutard - in Murano glass workshop with Sculptureval

Val at ARS glass workshop in Murano (Italy)