The Heroine’s Journey of Valerie Knight

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Without a doubt, inspiration : the very special energy I feel when I am out of my mind and let it go, and the inner joy of imagining that it might also impact people in depth. I have always been driven by the need to let the frequencies of beauty, harmony and Truth flow through me. I seek this in every aspect of my work to such an extent that I could say that it is my raison d’être to try to manifest these frequencies in this chaotic world… To free myself from the mind, to open up another space so that this can be done without effort, because when I force it, the result is not great… I just pass the time, waiting for the inspiration, the impulse, the light…

What is my idea of happiness? A complete relaxation, physical, psychic and emotional… When peace without reason emerges.

What is my greatest fear? I don’t have any more except for the physical pain

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? The perfectionism that tires me. The extra drop that I find hard to give up.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I have several passions, photography, writing, directing so people captivate me in different ways. In terms of writing, without a doubt, it is Christian Bobin who, through his words, touches my soul, the filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky for his total freedom to create without compromise, as well as Terrence Malick for the beauty and depth of his works, and there are many others…

What is my greatest extravagance? My search for simplicity

On what occasion would I lie? I don’t know… The truth always comes out

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? That my projects depend on others, which is a mistake because alone I won’t get very far.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I’m lucky enough to have several creative tools, so I switch from one to another depending on the inspiration ; photography, writing… Everything is a source of inspiration and an opportunity to create… If the inspiration is there, anything goes ! But nothing makes me happier than to feel the light coming from somewhere like a wink and say “look there, at this moment, now”.

If I could, what would I change about myself? My impatience which is still the proof of my illusion, that I am not free. As if the present moment wasn’t enough.

What is my greatest achievement in work? I feel like I’m still on the stairs, climbing the steps one by one. I have no idea what floor I have reached and I am not interested in knowing. I am still proud of my short film “A Few Seconds of Freedom” which, in a few minutes, expresses from my point of view the problem of the present moment which is none other than that of mental. What I have produced still now is only the tip of the iceberg. the problem of the present moment is above all a mental problem

Where would I most like to live? It doesn’t matter to me, I think I’ve found my real home and like a snail, I take it with me everywhere.

What is my most treasured possession? It is not something material ; my spirituality, my faith, my connection to something bigger than myself and my creativity, all of which I have yet to explore all the possibilities.

What is my most marked characteristic? My quest for the absolute, for the beauty.

From the Série “Blue planet” Galerie Thierry Marlat

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Parks, green spaces… I am less and less adapted to the city. I miss nature and go there whenever I can.

What books influenced my life and how? Early on, I had spiritual questions and needed to find answers. I was immediately drawn to esoteric books, novels, essays and dialogues. Any reading that allowed me to lift the veil of mystery found favour in my eyes. They were a great help to me, even if words are not enough.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Pergolesi, the stabat mater… Mozart’s too, if I have time.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Anyone who does not give up, who doubts, who seeks and thinks for themselves.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? The one that will be adapted from my novel “Dr Bach, an exceptional person”.

What role play stories in my life and work? Everything is intertwined, connected, real life and imagination merge because they fit together. My work and my life are one.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? I am the creator of my own life, playing with this idea and getting out of the victim state is a first step.

From the Série ” Eté indien” Galerie Thierry Marlat

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? I would like it to be the « great architect of this world».

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022? For 2022, I have several projects waiting for the right connection or the right timing. A film project, a second novel, an exhibition ROSES is also wisely waiting for things to unblock, waiting for the situation to become clearer… with this exhibition, an art book is in preparation and my publisher IN FINE is very enthusiastic.

What project, in 2022, am I looking forward to work on? All, film project, novel project, photo exhibition… or any other direction I don’t know yet.

Where can you see me or my work in 2022? The Thierry Marlat gallery 2 rue de Jarente Paris 4, exhibits my photographs regularly. My creations and films are visible on my website ; I also have a « Déco by Knight » shop via my website where you can buy prints online. My novel ” Dr Bach, un être d’exception ” can be ordered in bookshops, it is written in French and Instagram.
Mon site
Galerie Thierry Marlat
Instagram ;
Boutique Déco by Knight
The link to the novel “Dr Bach, un être d’exception”

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? I will change the word passion to inspiration, which suits me better. I feel more comfortable with inspiration, which obviously only ends with the last breath…

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?
Clarisse Canteloube
Catherine Wilkening
Marianne Souliez

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