Olivia Janna Genereaux
I see the world through the lens of literature, art and humor. The potential and malleability of paint, a blank canvas and the power of conceit, are the tools I use to create. I begin a narrative by creating and solving compositional challenges. I anthropomorphize objects placing them in surreal landscapes of color to evoke emotion. When the colors and composition merge to create visual movement, I put my paint brush down. My work engages the viewer to experience emotions such as desire, discomfort, and love. My work is a reflection of my truth.
The tools I use today I learned from my education and experience. The importance of process I learned as a child when at play. I studied illustration, textile design and painting in college at Rhode Island School of Design. Illustration incorporated my strong drawing hand, while textiles taught me about pattern and color. Painting is a world of complete freedom, bound to the rigors of compositional laws but is not defined by any rules. Painting is a blank canvas for storytelling. Today I tell stories. I make paintings that combine childhood memories with adult behaviors. The work investigates the relationships in the past in a playful and serious manor. My strengths, drawing, pattern, and color, are incorporated with my love for story telling.
I have been privileged to teach and direct programs that honor making and creating. I am delighted to be a contributor to The shop at AVA. This is a wonderful opportunity for all.
1986 , BFA, Rhode Island School of Design 2005,
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT 2014 MFA, Lesley University College of Art and Design,
Art institute of Boston Work Experience 2008-2010,
Open Art Room 2011-2013,
Superheroes Art Shows 2011, Stepping Stones, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH.