May 19, 2023 • 6-9pm
An Exhibition and closing reception for “Fragments” by Valentine Louafi
I CUT PAPER. I CUT THE WORLD. MY BLADE IS MY BRUSH.
I am fascinated by the human form and am driven by a will to highlight and magnify the Human beauty in all its diversity. I am documenting human connections and raw emotions. I cut on paper the universal and visceral emotions captured in furtive moments. Faces. Expressions. Fragments of paper like many fragments of soul, fragments of life, fragments of body. I transcript life on paper in a sharp, direct and abrupt way, playing with empty space and giving space to emotional intensities. My work has always been drawn to the representation of the silhouette. Its delicate sharpness, complex simplicity and strong contrasted nature evoke endless depth and meaning, triggering imagination and tricking the eye. My art is one of balance and emptiness, an ode to minimalism made of pure lines, light and shadow, drawn to the essential. The driving force behind my portraits is an enduring interest in people and cultural heritage, in the human spirit, its emotional resonance and the way over time it manifests in our relationships with others.
My work examines the personal and universal exchange found in contemporary portraiture, dialogues and relationships.