Laurence Vallières


Vallieres employs animal imagery to represent political issues and social behavior, creating a visual
appeal while communicating an understated sense of
humor. Working in a variety of mediums, Vallieres covers a broad spectrum, constructing animal forms of cardboard, drawings, ceramic sculptures, and street art.

Studying in Los Angeles and completing an artist
residency in St. Petersburg, Russia, significantly shaped Vallieres work. The city as a concept has has always been a source of inspiration, as experiencing two different cities was a pivotal turning point in
Vallieres’ evolution as an artist. There is an influence of architecture, urban development, street art and the methodical mess of the suburbia. The artist notes, “In Los Angeles I could not help but notice the waste of space of the suburbs and how difficult it was to get around without using the congested, aesthetically disgusting freeway system.

“I’ve recently become interested in installation. I started to take my sculptures outside, installing them in the city where they belong. As my work is heavily influenced by political philosophy and criticism, I decided that public spaces would maximize my ability to reach my audience and make them consider the themes behind my work. Additionally, I became interested in exploring the juxtaposition of an artwork in an unexpected environment and the reaction it creates. Hiding a small sculpture in the cracks of a wall, posing it on the sidewalk or letting it hang from a tree made me think about the purpose of showing art and how it is done. What is graffiti art and what is vandalism?”