I was named after my grandmother, Genevieve Wheelwright. She was so talented and creative, I spent my early childhood in her company, watching as she delicately assembled her beautiful Christmas ornaments. They were covered with flower arrangements made of sequins held together with straight pins, the heads of which she had painted with nail polish to match her color scheme.
Some of my earliest memories are of the time spent watching her work. I credit her with my talent and my interest in design, color, and pattern. She would show me how to use perspective when drawing houses, gently correcting me when my chimney would emerge from the roof at the wrong angle. She worked in various mediums, not restricting herself to just one, something I find myself doing as well.
My grandmother passed away when I was young. I wanted to honor her memory and her gifts to me by naming my artistic pursuits “Studio Wheelwright” because without her influence I wouldn’t see and explore the world as I do.
She would sign her work with a pictogram of her last name, a wheel and an arrow pointing right. I can’t take credit for the idea, but I use it when identifying my body of work. So that is the story behind my work. – Genevieve Neice, 2017