August 06 1945 - present
Photograph of Valerie Jaudon, courtesy of the artist
Place of Birth:
Architecture, Drawings and prints, Painting, Sculpture
Ceramicist, Designer, Fresco Painter, Landscape Architect, Mixed Media Artist
, Muralist, Oil Painter, Painter, Printmaker, Sculptor, Watercolorist
Abstraction, Conceptual Art, Feminist Art
Since her emergence in the mid-1970s as one of the most notable artists of the Pattern and Decoration Movement, Valerie Jaudon has sought to redress the long-held perception of decorative, or “feminine,” art as an inferior counterpart to the “high art” of abstraction practiced by predominantly male artists. While her works call to mind the ornamental embellishments of folk and applied arts from many cultures, they are constructed from the traditional vocabulary of Western, non-referential abstraction, and thereby challenge the hierarchies that would rank artists according to their demographic features.
Jaudon begins to work by generating motifs from superimposed horizontal, vertical, diagonal, and circular grids. She then extends these designs through various modes of repetition: mirroring, reversing, or otherwise altering the motifs until they cover her canvas. This process creates symmetries within and between modular elements, and, on a larger scale, divides the canvas into self-reflexive segments. Working with a limited, often monotone, color palette, she paints close to the edges of her penciled outline, leaving thin bands of raw canvas exposed between the colored forms. The resulting images are systematic and strongly evocative of architecture, calligraphy, and hieroglyphs. Like visual puzzles, Jaudon’s abstractions invite the viewer to decipher the grammatical structure embedded in each work.
While Jaudon is best known as a painter, she has also executed numerous public art projects, including murals and landscape designs of public gardens. She continues to work out of her studios in New York.
Place(s) of Residence:
St. Martin's School of Art, London, England (1968-1969)
University of the Americas, Mexico City, Mexico (1966-1967)
Memphis Academy of Art, Memphis, TN, USA (1965)
Mississippi State College for Women, Columbus, MS, USA (1963-1965)
Related Visual Artists:
friend of Miriam Schapiro
wife of Richard Kalina
student of Gillian Ayres
influenced by Romaldo Giugola
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Distinguished Alumni Award, Mississippi State College for Women, Columbus, MS, USA (1999)
Merit Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, Alabama Chapter, Birmingham, AL, USA (1994)
Painting Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY, USA (1992)
St. Martin's School of Art, London, England (1969)
Preserving the Past, Securing the Future: Donations of Art, 1987-1997
Valerie Jaudon, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS, USA (1996)
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