Artist Statement: Named after the 1978 Van Halen song, ‘Running With the Devil” is a collection of mixed media works consisting of pencil drawing, acrylics, collage and writing on canvas. The series is an act of storytelling and memorializing some of the struggles I experienced during my teens and early twenties.
Growing up in rural Manitoba and attending Catholic school, the environment was very conservative. Like many other creative kids, I found a religious environment to be restrictive and oppressive. I did not fit in with small town conformity, or the expectations of what it meant to be female in a conservative Christian environment. Dealing with issues like depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, sexual assault, bullying and death of a close friend made all this harder. That and being told that the music I loved that helped me cope with all this, was “the Devil”.
Running With the Devil marks a return to what got me making art in the first place, which was drawing the rock and metal stars of the 80s and early 90s that I loved. As I like to say “Jesus never saved me, but Rock n Roll sure did.” I hope that by telling my stories I encourage others to share theirs as well.
Lou Valcourt received a BFA honours in drawing and photography, from the University of Manitoba in 2001, and have shown in various Winnipeg art galleries ever since. She co-founded Outworks Gallery (2003 – 2011) and is currently a member of Cre8ery Art Gallery and Studio. Lou has also played guitar in various metal and punk bands. She is currently playing guitar in two projects -Nova Heart, a new wave goth project, and Battle Jacket, a metal band. Besides art and music, Lou Valcourt has a passion for tarot and astrology, which she reads professionally, and has a Youtube channel where she discusses these subjects.
Working in acrylic and multi-media, she uses imagery from heavy metal music, the occult, mythology and religious symbolism, which she combines with the written word and collage to create personal storytelling pieces.