Joy Every is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist whose work has been exhibited and collected throughout the Washington DC area, California and Utah. Her work can be found in the collection of the Security and Exchange Commission and the American Embassy in Lima, Peru among others.
As an outdoor person, I am inspired by all aspects of nature. In my current mixed-media work I start each piece with a photographic snapshot, allowing me to play with the concepts of time and memory until the resulting mixed media imagery emerge as an idealized or metaphorical version of the landscape and its elements - creating a sense of mystery and a story to tell.
The abstract landscapes become 2D spaces of discovery for the viewer as they play with formal aspects of composition, activation of negative space, anthropomorphism, color, texture and pattern.
The many added and subtracted layers of photographs, paint and drawing build and evolve to reveal a final image, a snapshot and a metaphor for the fleeting nature of the skies, land and the world around us. The work portrays landscapes of the mind, which can be interpreted by the viewer in a myriad of ways based on their own experiences and imaginings of beautiful and mysterious worlds.