Valérie Hallier - Projects

Défloré(e)s

This body of work translates visually, with dried petals and jewelry, the stories individual viewers wrote about loosing their virginity during the exhibition Défloré(e)s: Cornered, an installation created for the group show "Sixteen memos for the next millennium".

The ensemble of works speak to the notion of consent while revealing coexisting contradictions such as cheap versus precious, forced vs chosen, attraction vs repulsion, pain versus pleasure and reality versus expectations... The tension created is inherent to the exciting and/or frightening moment when one becomes sexually active. The series is building up to an immersing installation, inciting the viewer to recall their own experience, to consider others experiences and to invite empathy.

I use flowers as a multi-sensorial medium that reconnects us to nature and to underused senses such as smell and touch. They are a potent symbol of femininity displaying both fragility and resilience. Reference to the Baroque movement in some of the pieces questions the exponentially growing hegemony of vision as the primary sense in our culture.



Défloré(e)s - Story 04
2019, dried and pressed rose petals, glue, wood panel, jewelry, 24 x 18 x 4 Inches

Défloré(e)s Story 04


Défloré(e)s Story 04




Défloré(e)s - Story 05
2019, dried rose petals, glue, nail, Vampire blood, 16 x 16 x 4 Inches

Défloré(e)s Story 05


Défloré(e)s Story 05




Défloré(e)s - Story 01
2019, pressed rose petals, glue, decorative branch, 15 x 6 Inches

Défloré(e)s Story 01


Défloré(e)s Story 01 & 02




Défloré(e)s - Story 02
2019, pressed rose petals, glue, jewelry, 16 x 10 Inches

Défloré(e)s Story 02




Défloré(e)s - Story 07
2019, dried rose petals, glue, wood panel, 6 x 6 Inches

Défloré(e)s Story 07


Défloré(e)s Story 07




Défloré(e)s - Story 13
2019, pressed rose petals, glue, birch painting panel, jewelry, 12 x 24 Inches

Défloré(e)s Story 13




Défloré(e)s - Story 10
2019, pressed rose petals, glue, framed canvas, jewelry, 6 x 28 Inches

Défloré(e)s Story 10


Défloré(e)s Story 10



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