Valerie C. Browne
Valerie Browne primarily devotes her practice to portraiture, figurative, and still life painting. Many of her works are comprised of realistically-rendered figures derived from self-portraiture, as well as vibrant, reflective foils and deflated balloons. She is fascinated by and makes use of laborious layering techniques and direct observation to create her still life paintings.
The Dala Project is one of her most recent series which features a progression of direct observation to abstraction. In addition to experimenting with composition and depiction, she experiments with various materials to push the practice of painting itself in relation to ideas of representation and abstraction. The Dala is a popular symbol of Sweden and often made in the form of handcrafted wooden objects . From her mother's side, her family has Swedish ancestry and has carried down many traditions and reverence for Swedish culture, including the Dala. Through this series, she makes iterations of the Dala and explore its structure, color, and character. The small size is to reflect upon the physical nature of the Dala as a tangible figurine.
Valerie is currently a senior at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois where she is pursuing her Bachelors in Fine Arts with a focus in painting and drawing. Her work will be included in the Fall 2017 BFA Exhibition at SAIC and will be graduating in December of 2017. Originally from Spring Grove, Illinois, she currently resides and works in Chicago.