Other than paint-by-numbers and model airplanes in childhood, I didn’t pick up a brush to paint until I took an adult education class at Kendall College nine years ago. That experience opened up a new way of perceiving objects and space. I began to develop the technical means of translating an idea or concept into an overall composition, through form, shape, line and color. I could then reflect on what had been rendered and respond to it as necessary. The various methods of development in the creative process became a fulfilling challenge for me and I was encouraged to go on. For the next few years I continued to take a class each semester at Grand Rapids Community College until five years ago when I left my profession to go back to school full time and study Fine Art at Grand Valley State University. Since then I have a few more answers but many more questions. I am awed by the history of art and how the essence of a culture has always been expressed through its artistry. In spite of severe and arduous times many determined to convey beauty and meaning for their existence through the creation of art. How then do I, as an artist, add to this legacy in the modern era?
M. Joy's ArtPrize Entries
These are M. Joy's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.