Exposure. The artist Valérie Daval, from the United States in La Ferté-Bernard

Valérie Daval, exiled in the United States, is exhibited at the cultural center of La Laverie, in La Ferté-Bernard (Sarthe), until July 29, 2022. ©Carine ROBINAULT

It’s a return to lands known for Valerie Daval. Until July 29, 2022the former plastic arts teacher returns to the cultural center of La Laverie, in La Ferte-Bernardwhere she worked for four years, until 2004 but this time, the artist is her.

Valérie hasn’t exhibited in France since 2006. So you might as well say that the team at the cultural center does not hide its pleasure in receiving her. And neither does the artist.

I very rarely exhibit in France but I have many ties there. La Laverie, I am very attached to it. I saw my former students there, Julien, whom I know very well. And then, my mom, one of my sisters and my family is around.

Valerie Daval, artist

In the United States since 2007

Now living in the United States since 2007, after a three-year break in Germany, after following her husband, who works for the famous Nasathe space agency, she has recently been teaching Fle (French as a foreign language) at the Alliance Française school in Pasadena.

But above all, Valérie continues to paint. After exposing in galleries in Los Angeles, today she presents her works in various cultural venues.

Cows… inspire her

His favorite subject? Nature. And… the cows. “Yes, I really like cows,” she smiles.

“And what I especially like is the design of the sewing pattern. It is a material that I particularly like. I paint on it. » Pocket paintings. Or large format. Like these “Sunday afternoons” which, since 2016, combine different small formats in a large hanging. Made to evolve. By sales. Heart strokes. A game of petanque here, angling there. As many occupations of Sunday afternoon and which will have, for three of them, found purchaser as of the varnishing of the exhibition fertoise.

Others will come to replace them. Some were also created during the artist’s residency, for four weeks, at the cultural centre. “We worked with Hélène, mediator of the place, with the children”, comments Valérie, behind her glasses. While contemplating some of his paintings, hanging on the walls of La Laverie, alongside his sculptures and other installations.

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Shocked by the death of George Floyd

Among them, the “Anima flames”. A whole meaning. “These are flames in tribute to people of color killed by police in the United States. I rarely talk about political things but I was shocked by the death of George Floyd, in 2020, in the United States. The riots, commemorations and speeches that followed. I lived there, I attended it. But I didn’t think people of color were treated so badly. We whites are not aware of this but it is still very present in the United States, ”she reports.

Exhibition by Valérie Daval, until July 29, 2022 at La Laverie, rue du Moulin à Tan in La Ferté-Bernard. Opening hours: Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday and Friday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Free admission.

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