Valérie Hallier - Projects

Défleuré(e)s

Created during a NARS Foundation Artist Residency and presented during our resident show "Sixteen memos for the next millennium" this corner wall installation uses pressed rose petals and audio recordings of people’s recollection of the loss of their virginity, each read by the same androginous voice. Visitors are prompted to listen closely, smell the roses and submit their own story (which is then integrated to the piece).

The installation stages the fleeting moment where we decide, are pressured or are forced to become active sexual beings. The tension between control and release, nature and culture are at play. The transformative nature of the experience is reflected in the gradient created by the variation of colors between white and red pressed rose petals.

Sixteen memos for the next millennium.

Défleuré(e)s

Exhibition view at NARS Foundation gallery, Nov-Dec 2018



Défleuré(e)s

Installation view
Pressed rose petals, glue, 2 bluetooth speakers, mp3 players, suggestion box, paper and pens, 50”x8.5”



Défleuré(e)s
Installation detail, 2018


Défleuré(e)s

Installation detail, 2018


Défleuré(e)s

Installation detail, 2018. Photo by NARS.


Défleuré(e)s

Installation detail, 2018.Photo by NARS.


Défleuré(e)s

Installation detail, 2018



Connected to the project "Défleuré(e)s Anonymous Flower Portraits diconstructs specific flowers and reconstruct them with their petals as portraits. These are based on the anonymous authors describing their deflowering and based matching various attributes and changes occuring during the drying out process of the petals.

Flower Portraits

Four Anonymous Flower Portraits
Dried and pressed petals, glued paper, 2018


Flower Portrait 01

Anonymous Flower Portrait 01
Pressed petals, glued paper, 2018


Flower Portrait 02

Anonymous Flower Portrait 02
Pressed petals, glued paper, 2018


Flower Portrait 03

Anonymous Flower Portrait 03
Pressed petals, glued paper, 2018


Flower Portrait 04

Anonymous Flower Portrait 04
Petals on glued paper, glued paper, 2018


Flower Portrait 05

Anonymous Flower Portrait 05
Petals on glued paper, 2018


Flower Portrait 06

Anonymous Flower Portrait 06
Dried petals, glued paper, 2018


Flower Portrait 07

Anonymous Flower Portrait 07
Dried petals, glued paper, 2018

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