"Taking the form of large square canvases rich with naive, representational symbolism, Vallance's practice is charged with immediacy: the act of making is an urgent search for relief."
Encounters are founded in reality, and brought to life in imagination, with the existence portrayed in the paintings hovering somewhere in-between. Rife with self-referential citations, inside jokes, recurring outfits, characters and motifs - the paintings speak of a certain intimacy and portrayal of closeness which comes from the act of sharing spaces and everyday life closely with a partner and animals. Seemingly small moments are observed and transformed through the act of painting itself, taking on greater meanings, and becoming part of a richly woven visual language of paintings all in conversation with each other.
The motif of the Cat has grown, transformed and moved with the practice itself over time. It has been appearing in paintings since 2016 and has been an intrinsic component within her practice in terms of storytelling and self reflection, both as a person and an artist. Over time, the need for specific narrative within every work began to fall away, leaving behind a visual language and the act of creating paintings themselves.