Unravel the mystery of Anne Vieux
Amish children playing at an outdoor market catch the eye of Anne Vieux as she shops for groceries before another baking extravaganza.
The Oklahoma artist, who studies on scholarship at the Kansas City Art Institute, is intrigued by the peculiar nature of this scene.
Vieux first hooks her viewers with imagery that is just as captivating in nature. But soon after, one begins to wonder where on earth this 20-year-old, strikingly classic beauty finds inspiration for an art that’s, simply put, so gracefully dark, it’s charming.
For starters, a simple look at the elements that enchant Vieux’s senses would reveal a world that isn’t quite typical.
“I spend more time alone than what probably is healthy,” Vieux said.
With singular hobbies ranging from the collection of exotic and specialty candy to a passion for dolls and being “a little obsessive about cleaning” her place, it’s obvious that Vieux (whos friends might describe as “apathetic, soft and quiet”) doesn’t have much time to spend with others. Vieux doesn’t spend too much time with an idle mind, though; she’s always looking for something new to inspire her art.
“I love digging through history and finding something I can make pertinent to my own ideas or techniques, but also making it accessible to contemporary culture. For instance, I love studying renaissance rules for illusion, and then manipulating them in an awkward environment and giving them some reference point. I love the focus on death and folly in northern renaissance prints, the lovely movements, and the strokes of late 19th century paintings. I could just go on forever about things I love in art history,” Vieux said.
She seems to be just as well-versed in literature as she is in art history with a love for Greek tragedies like Oedipus Rex and “other modern authors that take on that scheme,” along with the “witty” words of Voltaire, and the “re-contextualized” writings of John Gardner.
She also likes to find classical music from these periods, and she sites baroque as her favorite sub-genre. That’s not to say she’s not with the times, though. When she’s not making art, you might find her listening to more contemporary tunes from Fiesherspooner, Marilyn Manson or Fiest.
“I am inspired by all sorts of music, but mostly relationships between people and things, the organic and the manmade, and just every relationship that I encounter. There is so much to learn and appropriate into our culture. It seems like things are always being lost and re-discovered, and each time we move closer to some realization or liberations in our conditions, things change. It’s just this desire I have to resolve issues that keeps me motivated,” Vieux said.
As the foremetioned charming attributes of Vieux’s art combine with an accessibility and vulnerability, her vision transcend gracefully onto canvas. But painting is not Vieux’s only talent; Vieux has her own line of clothing and dolls available for sale as well.
“My parents bought my sisters and I a sewing machine a few years ago for Christmas. I really just experimented with sewing designs into things and using different dyes to come up with something I liked and then practiced it enough until I could sell it. I started by selling at craft fairs, online, and to friends,” Vieux said.
Vieux exudes the same originality in her clothing and dolls as she does with the rest of her art.
“I’m not a girl looking for the next thing, you know. I just find items here or there and reconstruct it to make it fit or turn it into something cuter. I have patterns and shirts I’ve had since I was 10. Once I find something I like, I usually stick with it, or keep it in storage until I like it again. I’m a pack rat,” she explained.
If being a rat pack allows Vieux to create her designs, then pack away. Her clothing pieces are almost as remarkable as her paintings on canvas.
After completing her undergraduate degree, Vieux plans to obtain a masters degree in art theory or art history.
“And then my future is up in the air. I will always be making art though,” Vieux said.
For more on Vieux, visit http://www.myspace.com/masoleum, or see her work on display at the Third Place, located on the strip in Stillwater, Oklahoma, through January and February of 2007.