Curated Artist Registry

The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.

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Margaux Valengin
Brooklyn NY US
Updated: 2017-12-08 16:40:55


In my work, images are structures that function both visually and metaphorically.

When creating images, I am drawn to and inspired by mythology, folk stories, images from popular culture, and my own dreams because they contain powerful metaphors. The animals or characters in my paintings symbolise feelings, inner states, behaviors and emotions. Functioning as visual metaphors, my paintings can express strength, growth, love, cleansing, peace, femininity, masculinity, a sense of swimming, a sense of floating, etc. In this regard, they communicate more than what they represent.

My dreams are silent metaphors in which images speak. In the same way, my paintings are the voices of my instincts—I am not directing my paintings but rather my paintings are directing me. Images seduce and awaken symbolisms rooted in a sort of collective unconscious. My paintings show what I, as a human being and like all human beings, might feel. I wish for the proverb, “What is most personal is most universal” to apply to my work, and for my paintings to empower the viewer reminding them of their own deep emotions.

The objects represented in my paintings inspire me on a metaphysical level, they drive me to paint and I also see them as visual structures to perform more freely on the canvas. They function as armatures for experimentation and expression with paint, allowing me to explore the physical gesture of wrist and arm, retaining line, drawing and gesture. Visual metaphors present themselves to me as arrays of lines with which I can compose. These metaphors speak through the complexity of paint, the graphicality of my work, the sense of circularity of my compositions, the contrasted light and bright colors of my paintings.



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