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Arrival by Boat


Arrival by Boat Collage

Valerie Perreault

United States

Collage, Paper on Paper

Size: 18 W x 24 H x 2 D in

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Hello! Thanks for checking my art out. I'm really excited to introduce these new works to you (and to the world!) I've been dreaming these up for years and have only now been at a point in my artistic progression where I could figure out how to execute this idea/style that I've had in my head. It feels new and very hopeful, to me. If you look back on my earlier works you can see my progression. I unveiled this new style at a gallery opening (solo show) in October of 2021. The show was titled, "Tropi-Soul, Fragments from the Island Haze" and moving forward (at least for awhile) all new works in this new style will be under this collection title. I just think it fits! So, if you're still reading, back to the opening show, I wasn't sure how my collators would respond to this new style, but thankfully the reception was very warm, selling out nearly the entire show! I definitely cried in the bathroom a little. Feeling encouraged, I'm moving full steam ahead. A bit about the style, technique and inspiration: I live in the tropical paradise of the Florida Keys. We have (accurately) been coined "America's Caribbean." I take inspiration from my unique surroundings and lifestyle. From my front porch I can see endless water to both my left and my right. It's quiet, starry, balmy and very remote (I'm pretty sure that I'm closer to Cuba than I am to a Walmart!). My husband (a fly-fishing guide) and I used to live aboard our vintage 34' sailboat, until a hurricane swiftly ended that two-year adventure. Now we have a cute blue cottage nestled in the palm trees. Coconuts literally plunk onto our roof as we sleep. They roll off where we gather them in the morning for a sweet treat. Ok, so that was long, but the point is that my art is about my life here. It's about showing how I see the mundane and beautiful details of our salty island. It's about slowing down and seeing beyond the Jimmy Buffet soundtrack. With these works I intentionally created a process that fell very closely in line with the way I write a poem. I focus loosely on a single memory and create large sheets of gelli printed abstract artworks that reflect the components of that memory. I allowed myself to be fee and create whatever images come to mind, so long as they are connected to the memory. Once these large sheets are pressed I cut them into small pieces (not for the faint of heart!) and mix them together on my worktable. Then I put on some music and “intuitively whittle” the fragments into place by selecting, reassembling and gluing them into their final form. It's the most fun I've ever had making art. I hope you will decide to take home a slice of my life! xx Valerie *These pieces are mounted onto wood panels, but I've attached them in such a way that you can take them off the panel and frame them traditionally (behind glass). The "fragments" are attached to a sturdy backer and the sturdy backer is attached to a second backer that is nailed into the wood panel. The nails are small finishing nails and can be removed with care. Feel free to reach out to me for help.

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Collage:Paper on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:18 W x 24 H x 2 D in

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Hello! I am a visual artist and published poet. I was born in New Jersey and went to high school in Chicago, but I don't really claim any particular place as my "hometown" because I come from a military family and I have lived in more places than can be listed here reasonably. A few quick mentions: I went to art school in Dallas. Texas and lived mainly in Austin, Texas and Boston, Massachusetts in the the years following. My primary career out of school was as a journalist; both in television news and as a writer/editor for the Texas Senate—though I did several stints as a waitress and a ballroom dance instructor, not at the same time, thank God. Feeling disillusioned with the all of the above I bought a sailboat, moved aboard, and spent 2016 & 2017 broke and tan and salty and happy. This is when I got most serious about my art. I made ends meet by selling little paintings and linocut/woodcut prints. Eventually I committed to settling down here in the Keys. I married a fly fishing guide, bought a little blue house by the beach, and promptly filled the spare room with new and larger pieces of art. Quickly, I outgrew the spare room and needed a more professional place for collectors to view my works. Sales were great so I opened an art gallery. I had my sweet little gallery until 2021. I now enjoy showing my works at galleries about 2-4 times a year and selling pieces online through my website and Saatchi Art. INSPIRATION: I'm inspired by the "in-betweens,” the little moments of pause in a mundane day. I create art as a way of processing and experiencing the world while remembering to find the hidden beauty that lurks around every corner. WHAT I HOPE YOU FEEL/THINK WHEN VIEWING MY WORKS: My newer works are very specific to me, but still abstract enough that they often trigger similar memories in the viewer. It is my hope that my work washes over you like a poem—that it both informs and delights while creating a sense of rediscovering a memory, a place, or a feeling. **THANK YOU: My art lives in hundreds of private collections across the globe, and still I swear I remember where each original piece lives! I invite my collectors to my gallery shows and previews and I offer them discounts on new releases and special projects. I really appreciate and cherish you. I want my collectors to see value in my work and to know that by purchasing my pieces they are making a smart financial investment in an emerging artist.

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