Self Portrait: The Temptation
Mixed Media, © 2010 Jennifer Veilleux
Jennifer Veilleux is an artist, activist, and geographer based in Ihanktonwan Territory, on the Yankton Sioux Reservation, South Dakota. Her art is shaped by her experiences and relationships with different cultures around the world where she spends time mapping and researching rivers in transition, particularly indigenous river communities. Born in Danbury, Connecticut in 1977, Veilleux’s family gave her her first film camera in grade school and encouraged her to create photographs, paint, and draw from a young age. She is a self-taught artist. Traveling and living around the world confirms her understanding of the universal nature of human stories and belief, the fascination of cultural nuance, the mythologies and legends as oral histories and teachings, and the value of retelling these tales through her own work as participating in a universal human self-examination. Today, making art is a form of prayer for her. The work she produces transcends intellectual understanding of ideas, space, and time to express her view of reality; sometimes manifesting as cute animals, as sublime abstracts, as surreal landscapes, or as fantastic portraits. She feels no need to restrain her voice to one note of expression. Her use of color, texture, forms, and subjects only come through a discipline of letting go to let that world channel through her materials. Veilleux combines different mediums, creating a body of work that includes hand-painted photographs; acrylic, ink, and watercolor paintings, illustration, and mixed media art. Her work has appeared in galleries in New York, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale and in magazines, academic journals, and the newspaper.
Her work can be found in collections in 17 states of the United States, plus the District of Columbia; as well as in international collections in Mexico, Brazil, Tanzania, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.