We had the good fortune of connecting with Laurence de Valmy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laurence, how do you think about risk?
I tend to be a risk averse person. Still a few years ago, I decided to take the leap and dedicate myself to art that I was practicing for myself. I had moved from France to the USA and knew no one in the field. It was a risky decision but I thought the opportunities at hand were more attractive than not doing it.
and I would do it again…
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My work revisits art history and I have created a series that imagines what famous artists would have posted on Instagram or TikTok if it had always existed. This series is an opportunity to share about the stories behind a specific artwork, an artist and ponder on the place of social media for artists today. Part of my work is the research about the stories and part is the painting in itself.
More recently, I’ve been working on a text-based series exploring the place of hashtags in our communication.
I’m very honored to have the chance to exhibit along with some famous artists, such as Andy Warhol during the BUNTE exhibition at the Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art of Munich. It was also quite fun to be featured on TV in the HBO series The Undoing even for only a few seconds ;-).
My work had been displayed in a public art installation in New Jersey and I was very happy to touch a new public thanks to that project.
I am also an art instructor and love to share my passion during these classes.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
San Diego has a lot to offer! I live close to Del Mar and we love it. The beach is beautiful and the town is very pretty. If you visit SD, Coronado Island and Mission Bay are a must. I have also a fondness for Old City. It feels like a travel in time.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I believe life is a series of encounters and mine is no different. I have several persons to thank for helping me along the way starting by my family. I arrived a year ago in San Diego and I’ve been welcomed with open arms by the Alliance Francaise San Diego so a special shoutout to them.
Laurence de Valmy