Valerie von Sobel has worn many identities and hats for one lifetime: mother, Hollywood actress, interior designer, philanthropist and fashion icon.
And yet, at 73 von Sobel has discovered a new passion for art.(valeriesobelart.com)
Her medium is assemblage / sculpture, and she hopes that her expression will find favor. von Sobel’s work plays with shape, space, balance, texture, and odd materials to create dreamt one-of-a-kind assemblage and mixed media pieces.
The Malibu Times called von Sobel’s work “jaw-dropping and eye catching…an immediate sensation.”
von Sobel first discovered her talent for the process of assemblage while engaged on a long, tedious phone call. “I was distracting myself by putting pretty objects together on my desk, and after the conversation ended, I looked at this assemblage and remember thinking, ‘this is actually quite good’.
"Within days I was consumed with designing, gluing drilling, collecting and assembling,” she continued. “I was fortunate to have gained the attention of a famous artist who has never had a student before. I was honored and enriched with his teaching and new technique”
von Sobel debuted her collection of two dozen provocative and quirky objets d’art titled, “The Curious Art of Valerie von Sobel” at Voila! Gallery (voilagallery.com) in Los Angeles , followed by other exhibits and group shows, i.e. at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Thomas Schoos Night and Joannes Lucas Gallery. She was at home in the design world, and von Sobel brought her work to Katrien Van der Schueren, a designer and owner of LA’s Voila! Gallery. “When Valerie approached us, I was intrigued by the total concept – her as an artist and an art piece. Her history, personality and her works are a combined expression of a complex person who lived a remarkable life,” Katrien noted. “Her pieces are always in perfect balance, harmoniously playful, witty and ever evocative. Each one takes us into an imaginary world of intriguing history, always with a touch of humor and a glimmer of deep-rooted sadness at the same time.”
“Beauty alone used to inspire me in its myriad forms and expressions,” noted von Sobel. “But what has changed is that my eyes opened to perceiving objects differently…I now see the possibility of combining a caliper, a twisted root or a faded embroidery with a leaf or an insect. Many mundane objects once intermingled become so much more then the sum of their parts; they gain a new and superlative life…as have I.”