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.  

 

Since June 1 am no longer in my studio at the ELWright Building, as they evicted everyone to make the studios into residential units.  I have downsized amd moved my studio into my house at 1100 Hill Street, Hancock, MI 49930.  

 

Last year I sent my remaining oil paintings to the Stoplight Gallery   They will  remain there, as I can no longer use oil paint due to allergies to the paint.  However, many are still for sale.  Contact the gallery. 

406-479-3194

 

I also do a variety of other art forms, such as small sculptures and patched textiles. Currentlly I am experimenting with various forms of nontoxic media: acrylic, casein and egg tempera, as well as watercolor and color pencils.  Bird forms are emerging, as metaphors for peace.  I will put them online when they are ready.

 

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.

 

 

 



Artist Statement

My work reflects my surroundings, here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  The particular kind of north woods landscape, its trees, rocks, lake, waterfalls, animals are what imprinted me as a child and to which I came back in 1998, looking for that which felt like home.

 

I was trained as an abstract expressionist painter in graduate school.  This grounding has carried me through a lifetime of finally working with imagery.   Shapes and negative spaces form the skeleton which holds the meanings, both articulate and inarticulate, of my expression. For two years, recently,  I did nothing but small abstractions.  Now I approach my imagery through that work.  

 

Birch trees continue to be my subject matter: symbol and metaphor for our relationship to that spirit underlying nature. And animals have continued to appear in my work in various guises.  One direction had to do with the animals of the Kalevala, the old Finnish epic; the beauty and mystery of its imagery is haunting. Why does the gray dog keep barking?

 

 





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