Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Summer 2019 Veronique d’Entremont
Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence
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Los Angeles, CA
Veronique d’Entremont is a Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist invested in collaborative practice, critical pedagogy, and community organizing. Through reciprocal spiritual, pedagogical, and studio practices, Veronique investigates art as a medium for healing individual and community experiences of trauma and mental illness. She uses found objects and processes of sculptural and photographic reproduction to explore how we are shaped by the social and institutional spaces we inhabit, and how we continue to reshape these shapes.
In 2014, Veronique and her collaborator established Widgets Etc., a 5,000 square foot collective studio and exhibition space that provides studios to 15 artists and hosts programming for the larger community. In 2016, Veronique co-founded The Liberated Arts Collective (LAC) with a group of men who were re-entering the community after serving partial term-to-life sentences in state prison.
Veronique received an MFA in Sculpture from UCLA in 2012, and a BFA in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art in 2005. She has exhibited her artwork in Los Angeles, New York, and Mexico City. Veronique has given lectures about her art and pedagogy work at UCLA, CalArts, The Torrance Art Museum, Palomar College, and California Rehabilitation Center, a prison in Norco, CA. Her work has been recognized with a Joan Mitchell MFA Fellowship (2012), a Social Practice Art Grant (2016), a Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs AIR Grant (2018), and a California Arts Council Re-Entry Through The Arts Grant (2018).
“In my studio practice, I examine systems of cultural and biological inheritance by culling narrative content and raw materials from attics, basements, personal documents, and recorded conversations with family members. I consider my studio work to be primarily a personal pedagogical practice, but also a healing and spiritual practice. I am continually learning from and responding to the objects I create.”
Prayer for an Unkind Mother, 2018. Installation composed of: couch stuffed with rosaries, prayer cushions, telephones playing conversations recorded in 1999, 2010 and 2018, between the artist and her mother and grandmother discussing prayer and suicide, cut rose, Altar with candle cast in a bust of the artist. Performance at Pasadena Museum of California Art, in which the artist prayed the rosary for two hours, in front of a candle cast in her own likeness. Installation dimensions variable.
Family Blueprint, 2018, found frames, cyanotype prints of rosaries and fishing net, dimensions variable
Been in the Family for Generations, 2017, linoleum kitchen flooring, paint, school jute twine, LAUSD-issued graph paper, polaroid photograph, 31 x 51 inches
The Light Left, 2017, wood lath, plaster, ceiling light fixture, cord with wall plug, 10 x 8 feet
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