Collection: "Fiat Lux" Baroque Monograms

The “Fiat Lux” monogram project symbolizes that ineffable moment, born out of the artist’s desire to gift people with a spark of that pure vision.

Thus, each monogram bears a seed of the feeling expressing the beginning of creation.

The collection reflects the primordial state of life creation, born from a single dot, its Union with each being through the collection’s coherence, as well as each being’ uniqueness as part of creation, as all people can identify themselves through the initial of their name.

This way, everyone accepts their involvement in creation through their mission to take it on through their own life.

Man thus plays the main role as the recipient of creation and becomes a creator of what is to come, becoming aware that everything around is the light.

The artist’s continuous fascination for understanding the depth of truth and the source of life itself drove her to create an opposing version of the project, as she replaced the white paper with a black background and portrayed the monogram with golden paint and gold leaf. This new version imprints a mistic aura to the project which seems to have descended from the night sky. In this setting, each dot is a star that shines in the night, mirroring the order left from above for us to follow and to understand: “on earth as it is in heaven”. 

The inspiration for this project stems from the artist’s childhood when she spent a lot of time playing in nature, picking flowers she later dried in books - as her mother and grandmother had taught her. She then used these to create herbaria, which allowed her to study the plants carefully and reproduce them in her drawings.

Nature thus constitutes the leitmotif and the starting point of her entire artistic work. Another layer comes from her fondness of baroque, a style comprising elements based on a different dynamic, full of contrasts, movement, lush details, deep colors, grandness and awe, that stir the eye.

Valentina set out to enrich her artistic becoming through her in-depth journeys that left a mark on her style; thus, famous French baroque monuments, such as the Versailles Palace, and Petrine baroque landmarks, like the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, became key elements defining her style.

The artist’s art gives a modern interpretation to the techniques of avoiding uniform light, specific to Renaissance painting, and of using strong contrasts of light and darkness for certain parts of her works, aiming to redirect the eye, thus aligning to the specific technique of French pointillism and imprinting a higher complexity to her artworks.

The main baroque motifs, i.e. the cornucopia, festoons, acanthus leaves, and other elements of classic architecture sculpted on furniture pieces, fruit or flower baskets, C-shaped volutes, are mixed together in a unique manner to create the monograms. At the same time, elements specific to rococo are also identified, as symmetry is somewhat abandoned as her works are based on elegant lines similar to Art Nouveau lines.

Valentina’s artwork is characterized by an abundance of flowers, leaves, and curved ornamental lines, as well as the fleur-de-lis symbol, which is a landmark not only of this collection, but of the creator’s entire artistic life, as she has used her in most of her art forms, whether painting, graphics, or emblems.

For the artist, beyond aesthetics and symmetry, the fleur-de-lis, a symbol widely used in royal heraldry, originally in French heraldry, but also present on the Romanian Royal Coat of Arms, first and foremost represents faith in God, in the Trinity, since the figure 3 is a representation of the Holy Trinity, while the white petals embody the pureness of the body and soul.