An exploration of the cyclic relation of opulence and decline compels Janelle's artistic practice which focuses on decadence in cultural constructs and the reaction of authoritative individuals during turbulent moments that foreshadow shifts in power. As physical manifestation of this inquiry, her work is influenced by the aesthetic sensibility of the Rococo and alludes to specific events, personalities, and excesses found in contemporary culture and historic antecedents such as the French royal court in the eighteenth century.
Janelle VanderKelen is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin and received her B.A. in studio art from Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She currently lives in Milwaukee and is pursuing her M.A. at the Peck School of the Arts. Her work has been featured in several group shows including –Isms: The First Annual Members’ Exhibition of the Gunnar Artist Collective which is comprised of nine, recently-graduated Twin Cities artists. Upcoming shows include The 19th Annual Juried Student Exhibition at the Denler Gallery in St. Paul, MN.