My most recent series of work is entitled “The Peaceful Use of Walls”. This series is in response to the current controversy over President Trump’s desire to build a multi-billion dollar wall on our boarder with Mexico. I do not believe a huge wall is the answer to our immigration problems. This series depicts a hopeful, nurturing and peaceful alternative for the use of walls—houses.
The paintings in this series are created using the encaustic wax medium, as well as fabric scrapes and lace materials to make imprints and textures in the wax. Like other recent series, texture, color and the sensual aspects of the encaustic medium are important aspects of my work.
Willa Vennema has a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Oberlin College, Ohio, and a BFA in Studio Art From The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NYC. Vennema has kept a studio practice for over thirty years, while raising a family with her husband Carter Waldren, and running the Creative Play House, a home pre-school program.
Vennema has had numerous solo exhibitions, and she is represented at the Portland Art Gallery, Portland Maine, and The Harbor Square Gallery, Rockland, Maine. Her work is in the collection of Southern Maine Medical Center, Southern Maine Community College, Avesta Housing, and over 150 private collections nationwide. Vennema has been a member of New England Wax for 8 years.