MICHAEL VELLIQUETTE (American, b. 1971) is a mixed media artist known for his works with cut paper. These works engage the nature of matter, sensation, perception, reaction, and consciousness.
Velliquette’s work insists on a new spiritual vocabulary—one that combines aspects of early 20th century formalism, and contemporary sensibilities about the handmade, with the visual lexicon he has developed in his works over the past decade. Velliquette’s vocabulary is bright, dense, ornamental, and is punctuated with recurring motifs such as eyes, flowers, feathers, and mandalas. Color plays a powerful role in Velliquette’s work and acts to convey an aesthetic of plentitude. The labor-intensive nature of Velliquette’s practice is also foregrounded in much of his work and correlates to a kind of studio-induced mindfulness.