Visual artist Anne Vieux’s abstract paintings emerge out of real objects captured through a digital process manipulated by hand.
Anne Vieux and I first met as children in central Oklahoma. In high school we became good friends. She used to give me rides in the morning. We shared classes and read the same books together with a few other friends. Once, when I was trapped by my family at the Texas border, she drove three hours to pick me up. That’s six hours round trip. I remember our friendship fondly.
We each went on to attend art school at Oklahoma University. After only a few semesters, though, I dropped out and went off with some anarchist friends into the fringe prefiguration of anti-art. Anne continued. She took her passion for painting to the Kansas City Art institute and from there to the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In only a few years, she graduated and moved from the position of student to teacher.
Today we both live in Brooklyn, but before this meeting at her studio in Jersey City, it’d been several years since the last time we saw each other. I was happy to catch up with my old friend, but more than that I wanted to ask about her work. I was excited to learn about her unique digital process, this radical aesthetic of virtual humanity.
It’s been too long. How did you get here?
Well, I always had a creative impulse, but when I went to art school I felt like I had to catch up, like everyone there already had an art education. I was still very raw, making these horrible emo paintings you probably remember. My mom still has them.
I still do too.
Haha, but yeah, challenging myself and just learning, that’s been the foundation for my adult life, to challenge my presuppositions and try to learn as much as I can by looking deep into the past to understand the present. I started making work that uses digital processes around 2010. I was making handmade sculpture and paintings before, but I found more unknowns in the virtual world. Now I ask ‘what is humanity’s impulse to create – and what is art now in the capitalist era and the Anthropocene?’ Challenging what art is keeps me going.