All of my work is a spiritual connection with my life, which has gone through many changes and looks like a patchwork.  It is always an attempt to combine imagery and abstraction, an ongoing striving to communicate while going deeper.  

 

My remaining oil paintings are now at the Stoplight Gallery, Anaconda, Montana, owned by my sister, Kathy Carlson.  They will remain there, as I can no longer use oil paint due to allergies to the paint.  I am now working with water media and drawings, but also going back to some textile work.  Stitchery is something I have always found to be healing.  Old Bangladeshi women believed that stitching, making something new and beautiful out of old useless things was a way of healing the soul of the world.

 

 In January 2018 I will have a solo exhibition at the Bonifas Art Center in Escanaba.

 

I have been asked to illustrate books lately, a new activity for me.  Another book by Vic Foerstoer, "Hidden in the Trees" was recently published by Arbutus Press, with my drawings.  The earlier book by him that I illustrated is "Naked in the Stream", about Isle Royale.  A new book by Karen Anderson, "Gradual Clearing" also for Arbutus Press., just came out, with my drawings and cover.  Karen has a regular weekly meditation on Interlochen Radio; this book is a collection of these essays.

 

 I have decided that one way I can share my work is to have giclee prints made.  Many of the images that are of interest could possibly be made into an archival print, about 15x17", for $150.  Please email me if you are interested.  joycek@chartermi.net.

 

My studio is in an old elementary school, 801 North Lincoln Drive in Hancock. I love visitors!  I am usually there but please call first: 906-370-3183.  My hours are erratic.

 

 



Artworks : Animal Sculptures

 I decided to finally put a few of my dolls on the website.  

These are just examples.  I have been doing these for my own entertainment for most of my life.

I began to exhibit them a couple of years ago.  Since then I have had to think differently about them.  Three of them recentluy travelled to Finland in a show of Nordic American textile artists.  

I still see them as companions, little spirits.  

 There are several of these in the Paige Wiard Gallery in Calumet and also the Community Art Center in Hancock.  I keep making them...

 

 





Rabbit
Rabbit
Bear
Bear
Bear, detail
Bear, detail
Mountain Goat
Mountain Goat
Green Bird
Green Bird
Elephant
Elephant
Funny Creature
Funny Creature
small owl
small owl
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