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Valerie Pezeron

Lecturer

Department of Architecture & Visual Arts , School of Arts and Creative Industries

Valerie Pezeron is a Lecturer at the School of Arts and Creative Industries.

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OVERVIEW

Subverted visual metaphors and allegories of the damaged child and feminist values are the driving force in my work. My work aims at being wildly playful and funny while being pointed and harshly critical of its targets; namely Christianity, the bible and women's status within it as well as childhood and the premature decay of the innocent mind. It focuses on creating highly charged narratives based upon people's subconscious, assuming these to be real places where endless wonderful weird stories spring forth.

My world is one of corruption and integrity mixed with the surreal where the mysterious, the glauque, the sexual and the downright scary cohabit alongside the searingly beautiful fragility of God's creations. My work is concerned with making the ugly beautiful and the assumed beautiful exposed as ugly.

Madness and death are prominent threads in my practice. I am fascinated with imperfections of the flesh as images for the shortcomings of human nature.

My investigations in various narrative art forms have so far enabled me to create my own set of iconography of monsters and alternative heroines, a pantheon where signifiers, symbols and handlettering are paramount. My concern is with the feminine body as a unique high place in the definition of human personality and I aim to liberate women, portraying them as sacred and powerful.

The violence of human interactions Jonathan Swift, Faulkner, Guadeloupean folk tales, Voodoo religion, its themes of evil and corruption, bearing Southern Gothic tone.

CURRENT RESEARCH

Research 1

The difference between UK and French/ Continental education in art school


Research 2

The influence of childhood trauma in the development and continuing practice of female illustrators of mix-raced or African-American background. With comparisons to my own practice. Keywords: Outreach, art therapy, African diaspora, feminism, narrative, drawing, situational, time-based performances.

TEACHING

MODULES

DV1500 and DV2500 first and second year illustration combined degree.

Scholarly activities

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education - 2013
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy - 2012