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Jenevieve spent her early childhood years among the natives of the Pilot Station Traditional Village in Alaska where she was immersed in their sites, smells, sounds and stories. There she was introduced to the strange juxtaposition of a consumer based western culture mingled with ancient tradition, animatism and subsistence living. As a teenager she quickly became an outsider of another sort as she attempted to understand an alien world of traffic lights, milk, shopping malls, hair dye and pop music. She made her first painting as a student at the University of Utah where she met many influential artists, was awarded the Grace Durkee Meldrum Scholarship, joined an art collective stationed in a 100 year old hospital and subsequently married her husband, painter John O’Connell. Since then, her work has been exhibited in such venues as Kayo Gallery, Maridadi Gallery, Western Wyoming Community College, Charley Hafen Gallery and the Utah Cultural Celebration Center and appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune, City Weekly and the Awkward Hour. She is currently in transition into an entirely new body of work. Using methods such as embroidered silk, carved wood paintings and performance she is drawing from her present and past experience to explore ideas of human touch, the passage of time and the influence human presence and memory can have on the creation of place.