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.