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Visual Work from Valyntina Grenier

Visual Work from Valyntina Grenier

Visual Work from Valyntina Grenier

My paintings, installations, and encaustic art convey a colorful world seemingly untouched by the upheavals of ruin, bigotry, evil, violence, and fear, but are, in fact, a penetrating and personal view of this moment in our American life. They assert that, even at this time, the ideals of tenderness and compassion serve as the foundation of a prosperous society.

You could say that I want to challenge perceptions, beginning with the idea of a fixed self, gender, body, or ontology, including the perception that delight and tenderness are not part of a discourse of political protest and protection.

With a preference for motes of pure pigment, penciled lines, metallic, neon, and iridescent color, I’ve developed a personal iconography. By presenting tangibly politicized objects and images in pacific settings— guns, rainbows, clouds, triangles, plant life and male/female reproductive organs and profiles— these works skirt the lines of representation and abstraction to create a vantage from which to view violence and prejudice.

I employ lines of graphite and loose constellations of shapes, favoring day-glow and translucent paint. I mix pure pigments with water or encaustic medium or apply them directly to create celestial compositions of colors. Throughout the years, my work has become more abstract. I let myself go, scattering handfuls of pleasures across surfaces. It has been liberating to let particles of pigment direct the topography of the resulting work.

I’ve also explored the whimsical possibilities of installations, joining materials from the cultures of construction, craft, and play to create hanging sculptures. These immersive forms reveal the armature of their own making and invite us inside to question our expectations about reality.

I hope that experiencing familiar impulses in new surroundings will educate our emotions and influence a comprehensive reconsideration of how we treat the world, each other, and ourselves. I present a world epitomized by one of its peaceful denizens. At the same time, I am compelled to fulfill art’s potential to serve as a form of protest. My art is on the side of life that insists, “Don’t Shoot.” As a woman and a lesbian, in a culture that presupposes procreation, I feel that my purpose is to make art that inspires difference, tenderness, compassion, and empathy.

Brother

Brother

Infaguation

Infaguation