M A N I F E S T O
V a l e r i e v o n S o b e l
I won’t weary you with all that I did and was, the many hats I wore, but would like to tell you about now and me in the now, as an artist.
I see art and beauty everywhere… always have.
In the veins of leaves, the translucent petals of orchids, the wings of moths, the tiny excellence of the violet spreading the same fragrance in the spring all over the world.
In the past my training and pleasure has been interior design. I thought of it as the perfect art form; a charmed profession that comes with the privilege of creating the “safe zone” for clients that they call home. Working as a designer is about aesthetics, but one is obligated to have a repertoire that includes the understanding of light and sound, the importance of comfortable seating, and the ability to produce the elements that subliminally whisper ~
Recently I was surprised with the ability to express through a new art form.
Ex Nihilo~ (out of nowhere) my eyes opened to the magic of assemblage & mixed media. It is a gift I am very grateful for, as I can to bring to it my understanding of space, shape, balance, texture and even some drama. The aged wood and gilt of a refined relic, the cool ivory, the metal encrusted embroidery combine with machine age steel in a surprisingly original way.
I keep in mind what Salvador Dali said: “There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.“
I find discernment most important. Both the artists and the collector need to experience the WOW moment. I hope that you will judge my work kindly, as it will have gone through my harsh filter by the time you see it.