VENDOR: Joy Broom
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36 x 36 x 2.5"
Layering elements of the natural world, biology has been a constant and grounding force in the way I see the world. I continue explorations of history and memory, combining my invented drawings with inherited old family letters and photographs. This is the first time I’ve made the Ancestral work directly addressing my own mortality.
In 2020, the very process of making this work within the context of a global pandemic—dismantling my mother’s and grandmother’s old photo albums, drawing directly on all the surfaces, cutting this stuff up either into tiny shards or insect shapes, gluing just pieces back into my drawings—has oddly felt like ballast in these uncertain waters.
Joy Broom layers elements of the natural world—insects, seeds, trees, circulatory systems, and cells—with her own invented natural history pen and pencil drawings. Incorporating bits and pieces of old family letters and photographs, the work has evolved to reflect her own personal history as well.
Joy’s work has been featured in exhibitions at a wide range of venues. Solo shows include the the deYoung Museum’s Kimball Gallery as Artist-in-Residence, Stanford Art Spaces, the inaugural San Francisco stARTupArt Fair, Gear Box Gallery and Studio Quercus in Oakland, Off the Preserve in Napa, SFMOMA’s Artist Gallery, A440 Gallery and Bank of America in San Francisco, and the Carnegie Art Center in Walla Walla, Washington. She also has had solo exhibitions at Mia and Linda Hodges Galleries in Seattle, Washington.
Numerous group shows include the Berkeley Art Center, the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery in Lafayette, the Oakland Museum’s Collectors Gallery, the Triton Museum, the Bolinas Museum, Ann Street Gallery in upstate New York, and the Anchorage Museum of Art & History.