My new work is inspired by tribal and prehistoric art. Stepping back from the veneer of civilization, this art probes the unknown in daily life. Living then was more raw and basic. Existence was in doubt and it was important
to marshal benevolent forces in a quest for balance in an ever changing culture and environment.

Diva is aluminum and mixed media and 5′ x 3′.


“Barrows are prehistorical burial sites in England. It is a pit structure filled over with earth. The dark inside with the silver exterior creates a luminous covering as the viewer enters the mound. Overhead as in a night sky, three rings of color hover above.”

Jill Viney

Baja & Pulse

“…sculpture has been able to incorporate new materials offered by modern technology. It is worth being reminded that substances like Plexiglass and fiberglas, the basic components of Jill Viney’s work, are quite recent additions to the sculptor’s storehouse. But this has been possible only because sculpture has been able to incorporate qualities like transparency and translucency…Viney’s Baja and Pulse sculptures demonstrates a third possibility…a new kind of sculptural pictorialism.”

Barry Schwabsky, Art Magazine critic, 2000.

Ocean Nest & Orbital

Creating forms that exist within a tradition while defying that tradition, Viney is distinguished from her contemporaries by the use of “living light” and her willingness to allow chance-a flow of light moment to moment–to affect perception.

Judith Page, Faculty SVA, 2004.


I wanted the viewer to see a rainbow of colors and, when inside, to feel those colors.

Jill Viney



Deep in the Pacific, a fissure in the earth’s crust is the Marianna Trench.  Core material escapes into the sea dissolving into particles that rise to form mysterious structures. The black forms are called ‘smokers.’

Jill Viney