Joie Villeneuve was born in the US and has been a professional artist for over 30 years, exhibiting both locally and internationally. Her work emerges from a heavily textured, mixed-media surface and transports one along a poetic wave.
“You are not a drop in the ocean;
You are the entire ocean in a drop”
– Rumi (A symphony of love in the midst of war)
My work is borne out of a life lived near water.
I grew up in “The Land of 10,000 Lakes”, Minnesota USA. I was influenced by the essence of this place especially the waterways. The serenity and the connection that I feel near water is undeniably imprinted in my deepest memories.
I spent a considerable portion of my time at the lake, on, in and under the water. It filled me in a way that will never run dry.
On the weekends I would go to work with my dad, who worked at a Marine Company. I spent hours of my childhood playing in the boats and familiarizing myself with the many accessories of a life lived near water. These marine accessories, boats and hardware became deeply symbolic; creating a lifetime of personal iconography that continues to permeate my work.
In 2008 I moved to Perth, Australia, after a decade in the desert of New Mexico. During such time I established an influential relationship with the desert light, but I had no idea, the return to water would forever make its mark on the inner most part of my being.
The ocean has captured my heart and enlightened my soul in such a way that it will never leave me. The images and symbols that appear in my work are heavily influenced by this interpersonal connection. These symbols may present themselves in colours and shapes, a perceived horizon line, a boat or buoy or the subtle pink as the sun sets and reflects off the sand and water.
“Water is universally experienced and speaks to the greater connection we all have to one another; specifically, the ocean. We are all connected in that way.”
2021 “Walking the Waters Edge”, Linton & Kay Galleries, WA 2019 “Buoyancy”, Linton & Kay Galleries, WA
2013 “Poetic Whisper” Healing Art Center at High Desert, NM USA 2013 “Coming Home” Mariposa Gallery, NM USA
2012 “Current Work” Artist in Residence, Carillon, Perth, WA 2012 “New Work” The Jewellery Gallery on Hay, Perth, WA 2011 “Second Nature” The Studio Gallery, Yallingup, WA 2009 “The Turning of the New Leaf” Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA 2008 “Migration” Mariposa Gallery, Albuquerque, NM USA
2007 “Sacred Lotus Gardens” Arthaus66, Albuquerque, NM USA
2006 “The Secret Life of Birds” Mariposa Gallery, Albuquerque, NM USA 2005 “The Birds & Flowers of the U.S.A.” Mariposa Gallery, NM USA
GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2021 “Connections” Art55, International art alliance 2019 “Water” Artspan Intl. Exhibition, USA
2019 Rockingham Art Prize, WA
2019 Mid West Art Prize, Geraldton, WA 2018 “Galvanise” Artsource, Fremantle, WA 2018 “Art 2 Life Int’l Exhibition”, USA
2013 “Bird on a Wire” Uncharted Collective, Mt. Lawley, WA 2012 “Influences of the Sea”, Fremantle, WA
2012 “Defining the Elements” Chrissie Parrot Art, Maylands, WA 2012 Art Expo, Perth, WA (invitation)
2012 Art Melbourne, Vic, Australia (by Invitation)
2011 “Christmas Exhibition -12 Studio Artists” The Studio Gallery, Yallingup, WA 2011 “Seasons” The Moore’s Building, Fremantle, WA
2009 “Transformations” -Australian Artists, Arthaus66, NM USA
2004 “The Art of Fine Craft” Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN USA 2001-2004 “Annual Invitational” Mariposa Gallery, Albuquerque, NM USA 2000 “Guided by Fragments” Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI USA
2000 “The High Art of Craft” The Art Center at Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos, NM USA 2000 “Celebrate
2000” Harwood Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM USA
1994 “Crossing the Straight Line” Mpls. Institute of Art, MN, USA 1991 “Birth” MCAD main gallery, MN, USA,
1990 “Erotic Drawings” MCAD, MN, USA 1990 “Scarlet Letters” New York, NY, USA
AWARDS 2019 Grand Prize, Artspan Intl art award, “Water”
RESIDENCIES 2012 Carillon City, Perth
1991,92, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011 Grand Marais Art Colony, MN, USA
EDUCATION B.F.A. 1987-1991 Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minnesota, USA
traffic jam galleries is proud to present 'Float', a solo exhibition of new works by Represented artist Joie Villeneuve. With over three decades of professional artistry under her belt, Villeneuve's work is a testament to her mastery of mixed-media techniques, resulting in heavily textured, emotionally charged creations that beckon viewers to ride the poetic wave of her imagination.
In her latest collection, aptly titled 'float,' Villeneuve takes us on a captivating journey inspired by the ebb and flow of life's currents. Drawing from the natural rhythms of the sea, her art transcends geographical boundaries, floating seamlessly from the sun-drenched shores of WA Perth to the bustling eastern seaboard of Sydney. Within this artistic voyage, hidden messages emerge, each one a treasure waiting to be discovered.
Villeneuve's artwork invites you to decipher these secret messages, which may manifest as enigmatic motifs or fragments of collaged notes and songs. Her compositions become a conduit for the whispers of the hidden stories that dance within her canvases.