Paper, ink, beeswax, and thread tell the story of a place in Marilyn Joyce’s mixed media works. Residing in Portland, Oregon, her interest in the natural world, combined with a walking practice, provide parameters for her art. Direct observation combined with felt experiences lead to intuitive gestures, mark-making, and staining that become distilled through the process of drawing, painting, and collage to create abstract compositions.
Joyce received her BS degree from the University of Oregon and her post-baccalaureate degree from Oregon College of Art and Craft.
She has had solo and groups shows at Moore Art Project in Portland, Oregon plus other venues. Additional involvement in community-based art events include the Sitka Art Invitational, Portland Open Studios, and the Portland Community Source Art program. In the winter of 2018 she received a residency at PLAYA, where she received a Ford Foundation Visual Artist Mid-career Award.
Currently, her studio practice is focused on creating a body of place-based work specific to her PLAYA residency. She has a love of maps, geology and learning about qualities specific to a place.