In her work she occupies herself with rather gloomy themes. Her series of suicides displays a variety of ways to commit self-murder — whether stabbed to death, death by hanging, drowning, staged or not, nothing stays undiscovered and unmentioned. Favre’s cycle comprises more than 70 paintings by now and is inspired by everyday life, its representation in the media and by narrative and fiction; figures like Romeo and Juliet, Cleopatra or Kurt Cobain are captured as pastose paintings on canvas. Favre mainly uses shades of black and grey and contrasts the figures with yellow and green colours. Likewise her »Ghost«-series displays mysterious shapes in dark grey and darkened white.
The diptych »Moral« is part of a series that the artist had already created for Rohkunstbau in 2012: It consists of two canvases painted grey with a fine white mist and a sculpture made of soap installed in their middle. The modelized block of the exclusive Savon de Marseille, on which the imprint »extra pure 72« can still be seen, is arranged on top of a Dijon mustard jar’s lid between the two paintings. »Extra pure« is a statement of purity and there is probably no better suited item for cleanliness than soap. It is therefore also a symbol for impeccable morale and a way to cleanse oneself. A small ornated sing is placed at the lower margin of both paintings, which looks like an adaption of the symbol of eternity or of eternal love — as in the »Valkyrie« from father to daughter — Wotan and Brunhilde — or between the siblings Siegmund and Sieglinde, who in the end gave birth to Siegfried.
Valérie Favre associates her own work: morale /moral. moral comme nécessité, morale d‘existence, morale du genre, morale d‘emblée, morale d‘enfants, morale de substitution, orale d‘oublis, morale d‘engendrement, moral comme objectif, morale absolue, morale masculine, morale comme obstacle, morale d‘abandon, morale d‘avenir, morale transgressive, morale consciencieuse, morale imaginaire, morale sans lendemain, morale d‘obéissance, morales étrangères, morale récupérée, morale politique, morale animale, moral invisible, moral audacieux, morale symbolique, morale universelle, morale parolière, morale de brutes, moral historique, moral de cow-boy, moral d‘acier, morale religieuse, morale de gestionnaires, moral ébranlé, morale posthume, moral ambulatoire, morale sexuelle, morale privée, morale révolutionnaire, morale médical, moral comme synthèse, morale contemporaine, morale plombée, morale de cinéma, morale habituelle, morale logique, morale silencieuse, moral de représentations, morale mensongère, morale méthodique, moral intempestif, morale paradoxale, moral poétique, morale en crise, morale anodine, morale stratégique, morale comme outil d‘influence, tentative morale, morale cachée, morale d‘usure.
Solo Exhibitions (Selection)
2013 Suicide/Selbstmord, N.B.K., Berlin, Germany
2009 -10 Valérie Favre. Visiong (touring exhibition), Carré d‘Art Contemporain de Nimes & Kunstmuseum Lucerne, Switzerland
2008 Operette, Kunstverein Ulm, Germany
2006 Der Dritte Bruder Grimm, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
2004 Schiesserei im Schlafwald, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany
Group Exhibitions (Selection)
2013 Geist und Form, ten painters from Berlin, Grünewald Gallery, Indiana University, USA
2012 Beyond Memory, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
2011-12 I am a Berliner (touring exhibition), Gallery of Croatian Association of Artist, Zagreb, Croatia; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, Convento Carmelo, Sassari, Italy
2010 Intensiv Station - Künstlerräume in K21, Ständehaus, K20K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany
2009 Elles, Musée national d‘Art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2008 Les chemins de la peinture, Musée d‘Art Moderne et d‘Art Contemporain, Nice, France