Nad Vallée

Humanide Fusing
© Nad Vallée
H. 55 cm

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This technique was already used 1 500 years BC to make glass objects. At the beginning of our period, it gave way to glass blowing. Glass processing in the kilns was reintroduced in Europe by the 1870s.
Définition : Fusing consists in superposing several pieces of glass and fusing them in the kiln into one single piece. The difficulty of this technique lies in the monitoring of the burning to avoid tensions that could happen inside the substance. Hence the difference of the nature of the glass to be fused has to be taken into account. The glass pieces must be compatible, belong to the same range and have the same coefficient of expansion. Even though, there may still be thermal constraints. A more colored glass reaches a higher temperature hence the occurrence of potential tensions while cooling.
The technique : Kilns that can reach up to 1 000°C are being used.The technique consists in taking a sheet of glass called « base » then superposing differently colored pieces on top of it according to the expected result.

Nad Vallée Was born in Paris . She lives and works in Les Alpes Maritimes. After studying arts in Paris she graduated from L’Ecole Supérieure des Arts Modernes de Paris and L’Ecole du Louvre.
A visual artist in advertisement for 20 years in Paris, she then felt she needed to project the image into space. It’s by practicing with clay that she made volume and matter meet. But it lacked transparency. Glass was the thing. She took up training at l’Université du Verre in Sars-Poteries,ant at l’Atelier du Verre in Paris. As soon as 1996 she sets up a workshop near Fontainebleau that she left in 2000 to move to the South-East of France.

Her perpetual research on the aspects of glass and the opposition between transparency and opacity lead to the creation of a « Pierre de lumière » (a stone of light). She combines clay, stone, lava that like crystal was born from fusion, and concrete in her latest works. She uses the universal and timeless language of symbols (ethnic signs, prints, traces, life signs, time memory). She creates a world beyond shapes where the colors thrive according to light and space.

The general sense of her work can be conveyed by the combination of an element substance complementary to an element light created and bound by a string of emotions. Her works have been exhibited in France: in Paris, Barbizon, Beaune, Le sens général de son travail peut se définir par la communion d’un élément matière complémentaire à un élément lumière créés et unis au cours d’un chemin d’émotions. Ses œuvres ont été exposées en France : à Paris, Annecy, Barbizon, Beaune, Ile de Bendor, Cannes, Evian, Honfleur, Lorient, Lyon, Melun, Mende, Monpazier, Montpellier, Nancy, Nantes, Pont Aven, Roanne, Saint -Etienne, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Saint-Paul de Vence, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Trigance and Monaco