Mary Joyce is an artist born in Montreal, living in Edmonton. An award-winning printmaker, drawer and painter, she has been producing and exhibiting in Canada and Europe since 1986. The culture of resistence, sensory retention through body memory, labour, women’s work, how things work, industrial architecture and engineering provide material for her investigations.
“Mary has been a force in the Edmonton art community for many years as a printmaker, painter, teacher and organizer. I curated an exhibition of her paintings entitled Speeding Subject that featured some of her most innovative and beautiful work. The Speeding Subject exhibition proposed a cinematic and sculptural approach to painting and drawing by conceiving pictorial space from the back of a motorcycle! The resulting series is a marvelous fusion of lyrical beauty and sensual exhilaration.” Marcus Miller, 2011
Her interests query speed and the passage of time. From 2000-2012, her work documented the imprint of sensory information from rapid passage through time and space on the artist’s body, mind and heart. Her subject is memory and consciousness; how the body, mind and heart are simultaneously imprinted with sensory evidence of rapid passage through time and space, and the indelibility of specific places in imagination. Drawings she makes while in motion signify the primary experience of the present passing into past, future becoming present. In 2012, Mary Joyce’s long-lasting exploration of speed, time and space drew her attention to cities, crowds, red squares and safety pins, an upsurge of social change, of political mobilization and citizen engagement. Since then, the upsurge continues and by its vitality, invites ongoing celebration of the courage and resilience of its activists.
She is also pleased to have completed construction of a well-lit, spacious new studio in 2011.
Joyce has won a range of Art Awards and Grants. From Salon International Art Résilience held at St. Frajou, France, of 2018, 17 and 16 she won 1st prize, 2nd prize and the Jury prize. Her work is collected in the Alberta Art Foundation; Society of Northern Alberta Print Archives; the Misericordia Hospîtal and U of A Hospital Collections; University Collections, University of Alberta; WP Wagner High School; the Edmonton and District Labour Council Collection; SACRED Association; all Edmonton, Savage Collection of Canadian Prints at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary; the Flint Printshop Archives at the Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario; the Ad Axiom Gallery Collection in Burlington, Ontario; Manitoba Printmakers’ Association Archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba; East Husky Oil Project of Newfoundland; and private collections in Canada, the US and Europe.
Mary Joyce earned Visual Arts (BFA Printmaking) and Education (BEd) degrees at University of Alberta; BA in Literature and Art History (Honours Double Major) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She has completed mentorships and workshops with some of Canada’s best-known artists: Sheila Butler, Shirley Witasaalo, the late Garry Williams and John Chalke. She organized and achieved successful art production relationships with print-artist Alan Flint and with electro-acoustic composer Gerhard Ginader.
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