Joyce Owens’ work exudes power. It’s amazing how an artists’ intent and personality can shine through in their work, and this case is no exception. The rich colors, poignant poses, and perfect light are among the works’ positive traits, with pieces ranging from canvasses to mixed media. History and reflection dominate the subject matter, and at IPMM, we tend to enjoy those who jump right in – injecting the art with passion and purpose. Joyce also teaches at Chicago St and curates, and has exhibited nationwide.
The way she speaks of her work in her Artist Statement perfectly summarizes the angles from which we relate to it:
“I take, seemingly, unrelated expeditions that lead me to other ideas. I choose a chaos-to-order approach when I work, mostly enjoying not anticipating the exact results… Race issues are critical to my work; I measure my responses so the conversation does not accuse, but rather reminds and informs. Teaching is a natural instinct for me, lecturing about how artists addressed beauty, personal pain and injustice, religious beliefs and love…I never wonder what is next when it comes to my art practice. I never run out of ideas. I never feel that art making is a chore. It is my enduring passion and, my family aside, the love of my life.”