Joie Villeneuve

“Buoyancy” is a selection of new mixed media works that explore the essence of being lifted or “buoyed” by the peaceful nature of the ocean and some of its most magnificent inhabitants. This work is a celebration of being In, On, Near and Under Water.
My process for this work involved spending many hours in and near water with the intention of creating a body of work that would reflect the inner peace found. I built up over 10 layers of paint and mixed media materials including printmaking techniques on each wood panel. In between each layer there are scratches and sanding, adding and subtracting elements with paper, transfers, mediums, and graphite to create a rich surface. Some layers are revealed and others sink beneath the surface much like sand covering the treasures of the sea.