Alice Vander Vennen
Alice Vander Vennen was born in Canada and has worked as a professional artist since 1980. A child of immigrant parents who left war-torn Holland, Alice has used her art to capture stories of loss and hope, courage and strength.
With a multitude of materials such as fabrics, branches, wire, copper, paper and ceramic shards, Alice creates an assemblage as part of a visual language suggesting a story. The narrative speaks of gathering the work of divergent cultures, histories and generations.
Materials from around the world, created by many hands, are represented in a single multimedia collection. Fragile branches may be used as framing devices; tapering willow twigs and knotty grape vine tentacles are bent as if resisting the interstitial pull of a hundred different textiles, each attached with thread, strings, wire and weighted with smooth stones or other found objects. The sculptural form may be reminiscent of a quilt, a canoe or a totem. Alice strives to have the materials form a new voice of a gathered people, a celebration of the human spirit in relation to its Creator, whether from secret spaces or the most flamboyant expressions.
First trained as a sculptor at Calvin College in the USA, with further training at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Alice now works in three-dimensional assemblage, participating in numerous exhibitions throughout North America. Alice’s work is in public, private, and corporate collections both in Canada and abroad.