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Mercedes Joy Knapp

Perry, MI, United States

I am a visual artist from Michigan. I create anything from whimsical colored pencil drawings, to oil paintings, to high-vibration gemstone jewelry, to sculptures. As a meditation on the beauty of the Earth, and the spirit that moves through everything inhabiting it, my work creates a magnificent celebration from every buoyant hue and springing line. While working towards my BFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, I found my love for color and interconnection that I depict in my work translated into various music events around the Twin Cities. This inspired me to take my natural state of creation and contemplation into the public realm. I now enjoy expressing myself at these events through the visual medium, hoping to inspire others to see the festivity in all parts of life. My work depicts inner life, fueled by imagination, emotions, and an unending curiosity about how “alive” we can really be. The delicate, whimsical scenarios in my pictures discover what seems to be otherworldly and bring glimpses of it to this reality; they are a celebration of the imagination and soul, and an optimistic response to the despair that often overwhelms us in our human condition. I have exhibited work throughout the United States as well as internationally in Australia and Colombia.

Mercedes Joy's ArtPrize Entries

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    As Above, So Below

    2018 ArtPrize Entry Mercedes Joy Knapp
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Mercedes Joy's Past Work

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