The defied edifice
How do you make one see that between the geometric complexity of a city and the apparent primitive chaos of an overflow of colors stands not only the fragile line of a crisis, a conflict, an apocalypse, but also the surprisingly harmonious meeting place of opposites? How do you make one feel the areas where the pattern trembles—where the line becomes a smudge and the purest black bursts with color—not necessarily opposing the substance of the pattern itself, but rather marking its origin, its meaning, and purpose? These are the types of questions that VAL tackles with her work. These are also the types of forces—cosmic, cyclical forces, always with dual polarity—on which her visual language invites us to meditate.