Macro Views of Flowers: Art by Joyce Zuiderveen
Joyce Zuiderveen is a painter and photographer from Otsego, Michigan. The artist is currently focused mainly on still-life, florals and wildlife painting. Her photography practice is complimentary to her painting work, finding inspiration in macro views of flowers and foliage.
I find Joyce’s photography work particularly stunning – the way the artist is able to capture a single flower against a backdrop of deep forest green speaks to her skill at finding and executing an aesthetic idea. The slightly off-centre framing that Joyce tends to use in her photos also lends to the idea that the audience is being given a sneak peek of a hidden floral gem.
Joyce’s explorations into abstraction are also quite interesting. In some works, she uses a combination of a palette knife and a brush to create splashes of colour that are reminiscent of floral forms, then drags them down the canvas, obscuring them as if the image is being reflected on choppy water.