WELCOME TO NATURE STRIKES BACK The gallery site of Valerie Grove
After several years of living and working in Asia and the Middle East, I came back to the UK and started painting on board, paper or other material found in the street. So Nature Strikes Back essentially began as a recycling project in 1998.
Using manipulated photos of the original paintings, I produced a huge variety of printsand subsequently developed an experimental painting style which explored relationships between traditional painting practice and new print technology. Recent works have mostly been site specific installations combining different elements of my practice. In September 2011 I created a multimedia environment called 'Man Machine' which explored the impact of technology on the human body and mind. Details of this and other installation projects are here: Installation.
From 2007-2009 I lived in the United Arab Emirates where I blogged extensively on the developing art scene in the Middle East and published several articles for Art Review (UK), Nafas Magazine (EU) and Absolute Arts (US).
I now have three very different blog projects:
Nature Strikes Back Blog This is my personal blog. As well as general comment it usually has the most up to date info on my own art projects as well as reviews and commentary on other exhibitions.
In 2009, I was granted an Arts Council of England commission to create a new blog that reviewed and visually documented the E17 Art Trail. I now manage and fund this project which has become an ongoing and permanent feature of the E17 Art Trail.
Al-Ma'mal Retrospective This is a two-phase archive project about theAl-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in the Old City of Jerusalem. From April 9th - 23rd 2010, I was writer-in-residence at Al-Ma'mal where I began this online archive charting the history of the Foundation up to the present. It concluded with a second residency period during the Jerusalem Show IV (October 1st - 10th, 2010) in which all works and participating artists were documented. This material is now being expanded into a book due for publication in October 2012.