Joie Villeneuve was born in Minnesota, USA and received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. After spending a decade in New Mexico, being swooned by the landscape and light, she immigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 2008 and now considers this home. In 2017 she was included in the book, “Artists of Perth”. In addition to regular gallery exhibitions her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections across the world. As a teenager her passion for art making intensified when her high school art instructor offered her the opportunity to explore multiple techniques & materials. She continued with this inquisitive and exploring nature, refining and honing her skills.
"Love, No More" 2018
The transformation taking place in my current work is a reflection of me slowing down and experiencing the complexities of life. The representational imagery that inhabited my past work has been transmuted into metaphoric visual poesies that emerge from a heavily textured, mixed-media surface. I work with many different tools, materials and techniques to achieve this. Colour, texture, pattern and organic forms are layered into a visual tapestry that hint at the underlying intricacy of life. This abstract work reveals an open story to be reinterpreted and incorporated into the experiences and personal stories of the viewer. In describing this new work as “visual poesies” it is best to say they are like the essence of a bird's song and less about the actual bird.