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 work can be seen at Gallery on Fifth in Calumet, Michigan: mostly animal faces and icons.  I also have some new abstract tree work at the Community Arts Center in Hancock.  There are also some drawings and animal sculptures in the Moonbird Gallery in Door County, Wisconsin.

 

My remaining oil paintings and much of my recent works are in my sister's gallery in Anaconda, Montana, the Stop Light Gallery.

 

My studio is now in my house at 1100 Hill Street, Hancock, MI 49930.    

  

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

 

 

 



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.  Sometimes the abstractions evolve into tree shapes.

 

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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