Artist mak­ing a colour­ful im­pact

The Peterborough Examiner - - NEWS - CARO­LINE MCCON­NELL Northcrest_­col­[email protected]

Trent Univer­sity stu­dent Claire Valant’s unique, colour­ful art­work is pop­ping up all over town. Most re­cently it was at the Ve­gan bar­be­cue and on posters for Sadleir House’s Sad Fest event. It’s also shown up on show posters for the Peter­bor­ough band Tele­vi­sion Road and on the cover of Trent Univer­sity’s Ab­syn­the Mag­a­zine through­out the 2016-2017 school year when she served as the mag­a­zine’s graphic artist.

“I re­ally en­joy when peo­ple ask me for art, it’s so flat­ter­ing and I get re­ally into it,” says Valant who has been in­ter­ested in mak­ing art most of her life. “My favourite thing to do was draw.”

A na­tive of Mis­sis­sauga, Valant took art lessons from a young age through Vis­ual Arts Mis­sis­sauga and later was ac­cepted into the vis­ual arts pro­gram at her lo­cal high school, but she quit that pro­gram in grade 12 to pur­sue physics. Fol­low­ing high school, she went to Trent Univer­sity for her BSc in Physics and is presently com­plet­ing a Span­ish course as credit for her Hon­ours de­gree.

Valant’s medium of choice is linocuts. In this method a de­sign is cut or carved into a linoleum block which is then rolled with ink and used to print the carved de­sign on pa­per or fabric. She also uses wa­ter­colours, mark­ers, ink and coloured pen­cils.

“In high school, I did poorly in print­mak­ing, which is funny be­cause now it’s my favourite. I’ve played with silkscreens but I mostly do linocuts … most peo­ple carve one big scene but I like carv­ing many small stamps and mak­ing a few unique prints with them,” ex­plains Valant.

Valant’s sub­ject mat­ter is an eclec­tic mix of re­al­ism, fan­tasy and ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures. Her in­spi­ra­tion comes from an equally wide-rang­ing list of sources.

“I re­ally like draw­ing cubes and hands. My big­gest in­spi­ra­tion in gen­eral is the pro­ducer/mu­si­cian/artist called Grimes. I’m in­spired by minia­tures, clouds, plants, any­thing 3D and geo­met­ric (like the works of Ge­orge Greaves and Tishk Barzanji), un­con­ven­tional ar­chi­tec­ture, and fan­tasy char­ac­ters and land­scapes from Ad­ven­ture Time to Roger Dean,” Valant says.

When she’s not study­ing or cre­at­ing art pieces, she’s also in­ter­ested in lan­guages, com­puter pro­gram­ming, space, and mu­sic. And she used to play gui­tar with the Peter­bor­ough band Kitty Pit!

Valant’s one-of-a-kind art is worth a peek. A se­lec­tion of her pieces can be seen on her In­sta­gram account @zesty_94. If you would like to get in touch with her to do a piece for you, she can reached by email at [email protected]


The Peter­bor­ough Field Nat­u­ral­ists’ Sun­day morn­ing wild life out­ing Oct. 15 will be led by ex­pert birder Chris Ris­ley. Meet at the Zoo at 8 a.m. for car­pool­ing. Bring binoc­u­lars. Ac­ces­si­bil­ity level is easy to mod­er­ate.

Also on Satur­day an out­ing is planned to Cran­berry Marsh in Whitby, led by Martin Parker, to take part in the an­nual fall hawk watch, as hawks and other rap­tors mi­grate west­erly along the north shore of Lake On­tario look­ing for a way around the lake. Meet at 9 a.m. in the Tim Hor­ton’s park­ing lot at the Cana­dian Tire/Sobey’s Plaza, Lans­downe St. W. for car­pool­ing. The trip will re­turn late af­ter­noon. Bring a packed lunch, binoc­u­lars, a por­ta­ble chair and dress for the weather.

Ac­ces­si­bil­ity is easy walk­ing.


LEARN­ING IN LEISURE: To­mor­row from 9:15 a.m. un­til noon at North­min­ster United Church with speak­ers Tom Mohr On­tario (Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety); Doug Lock­ing­ton (Po­lio Erad­i­ca­tion by Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional). $25 for mem­ber­ship or $5 per ses­sion. Luga-mug for cookie/cof­fee break. Wheelchair ac­ces­si­ble. Visit www. learningin­

PINE TREE TALK: Pre­sented by Chanie Wen­jack School of In­dige­nous Stud­ies Wed­nes­day from 12 un­til 1 p.m. at Nozhem First Peo­ples’ Per­for­mance Space, En­wey­ing Build­ing, Gzowski Col­lege, Trent Univer­sity, fea­tur­ing dance artists Brian Solomon and Aria Evans.


Arch Town; wa­ter colour, marker, and pen­cil crayon, by graphic artist Claire Valant.

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