Marilyn Joyce is a visual artist who resides on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. She received her BS degree from the University of Oregon and completed a post-baccalaureate program at Oregon College of Art and Craft. She is an educator, teaches workshops and shows her art locally, with work in private collections throughout the country. Her interest in the natural world is combined with a walking practice, providing parameters for her work. Intuitive gestures, mark-making and staining, combined with direct observation and felt experiences are distilled through the processes of drawing, painting, printmaking and installation. She has a love of maps and is currently integrating mapping of specific areas in her work.
“In every walk with nature one receives far
more than he seeks.” - John Muir
My art practice engages observation and abstraction to create a sense of what I see from my deep appreciation of walking in nature. On these walks, I explore the earth and its elements, to discover what a place really is. Upon reflection and witnessing of the natural environment, I record my observations and discoveries on paper by using various mark-making techniques, collage, ink splatters, drawing materials, sanding, wax, mapping tools and symbols.
Since walking leads me to literally touch the earth, I often begin with layers of materials. Then through sanding, buried elements can be made visible. From observing seasonal and weather changes of a specific place, intuitive impulses trigger color splashes and gestural mark- marking across the paper to reference environmental and physical changes. Ultimately, these images give rise to an invented, expressive map mirroring geologic layers of the earth and atmosphere by building information over time. This tangible place is expressed as an abstraction, altering and expanding the sense of place. At times in this environment, I focus on the specific witnessed moments and details of birds, animals, trees, and plant-life, interpreting them as singular landscape objects. Grounded in their authenticity yet, extracted from their original setting to offer intimate portraits.
Morning in the Open Field - 2016
20 x 17" (20 7/8 x 17 1/8" framed)
tea-stained papers, glassine, sumi ink, ink, map, thread, beeswax