Marilyn Joyce creates delicate mixed media assemblages that express her own relationship to, and experience of, different surrounding environments. The artist’s works are abstract, but call to mind elements and landscapes ranging from arid deserts to bodies of water.
I really appreciate the sense of quiet, self-contained beauty that’s present in each of Marilyn’s works. Each piece consists of a variety of different materials both manmade and natural. In some works, thin strands of thread are sewn into waxy, translucent sheets of paper, giving the eye a sort of tether with which to pull the viewer across the plane of the artwork. Some pieces are coloured with sediment and tea -- even looking at these works on a screen I can almost smell them.
Marilyn’s Recycled Rain series utilizes delicate blue pigments in thread and ink stains to evoke the sense of water. The artist also incorporates real rainwater into these pieces, lending them an odd sort of authenticity that sits neatly beside the artifice.