Everything Is a Miracle | Mixed media cut paper works by Michael Velliquette
January 31, 2015 - April 25, 2015
The broad themes in Michael Velliquette’s work reflect his creative process as it relates to the nature of matter, sensation, perception, reaction and consciousness. His work insists on a new spiritual vocabulary—one that combines aspects of early 20th century formalism and contemporary sensibilities about the handmade. This vocabulary is bright, dense, ornamental and is punctuated with recurring motifs such as hands, eyes, flowers, planets, mandalas, and goofy smiley faces. Color plays a powerful role in his work and acts to convey a sense of optical fullness, an aesthetic of plentitude. The labor-intensive nature of his practice correlates to a kind of studio-induced mindfulness.
About the artist
Michael Velliquette lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a Faculty Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the country including: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Miami and Seattle and internationally in Paris and Bergen, Norway. His work is in the collections of the Art Museum of South Texas; the Museum of Wisconsin Art; the Racine Art Museum; The Progressive Corporation; The John Michael Kohler Art Center; Boston Children’s Hospital and the San Antonio Museum of Art.