1976 · Germany
Constantly experimenting with positive and negative space, Valerie Krause’s minimalistic stone, plaster, steel, and wood sculptures boldly declare themselves as present. Through the use of minimal, elementary forms and steely colors -- Krause explores volume and solidity through the movement of her forms. The firmness of the physical, the expression of place, and the serenity of greyscale all provide deep calm for those who experience Krause’s stone works while still understanding the depth of instability that is constantly present.
Born in Herdecke in 1976, Valerie Krause grew up in Krefeld, Germany. For three years in her early 20s she held an apprenticeship as a stonemason with Fritz Meyer -- a Düsseldorf-based sculptor. By 2007, Krause had studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorg, the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and Akademiebrief.
Krause has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants such as the Stiftung Kunstfonds, Audi Art Award for New Talents, and Fellowship of the Kunststiftung NRW work grants; a travel grant from the Art Association for the Rhineland and Westphalia and the Arts and Culture Foundation of the Stadtsparkasse Dusseldorf; and the Leonardo Da Vinci and Franco-German Youth Office scholarships. In 2007 she was acting artist in residence in Toulouse, France. Krause’s work is present in numerous public collections such as the Federal Republic of Germany’s collection of Contemporary Art and the Collector of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.