Valérie Kolakis explores architectonics in relation to issues of appropriation, identity, and site-specificity. More precisely, this is a conceptual investigation of how identity is constructed and subsequently constrained by society and its physical spaces. This work looks at issues of migration, displacement, and change. In a sense, this is a rebuilding of an “object” that contradicts its own function. The decontextualization of these materials suggests an emptiness — an indeterminate quality triggering a sense of displacement and transience.
Valérie Kolakis has exhibited in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia and has participated in artist-in-residence programs in France, Switzerland, and Germany. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil général de Loire-Atlantique (France). Her work is in both private and public collections including the Prêt d’œuvres d’art du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
Represented by Galerie Donald Browne, Montréal