“My paintings evolve out of my subconscious in a free flowing process – I do not start with a preconceived idea or plan. The space comes alive through the colors, shapes and layers that work their way into and around the space – often by a collage of handmade, monoprint & marbled papers, fabrics and other diverse textural materials onto a surface of canvas. Spontaneity and movement are important as the materials travel through the space forming relationships. Some paintings arise from applying gesso over earlier paintings, sanding them down and letting parts of that imagery come through. Others are the direct application of materials onto the surface. Each completed vision portrays a sensitivity and fragility along with a strong visual image. The image is abstract, but the feeling is solidified and they become conversational. Inspired by the early Abstract Expressionists such as Kandinsky, Klee and later, Hans Hofmann, I seek the emotion of the painting by way of the unconscious. My goal now is to continue this process through further exploration and alterations making small and larger pieces using varying layering techniques, exploring the space with new textures and materials along with using acrylic colors, adding and taking away to produce the intriguing and mysterious layers. Having my studio in the Garment District in Manhattan has had a profound effect on the different materials I am exposed to and their vast possibilities.”
– Joyce Pommer
Joyce Pommer was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and studied at The Academy of Art College in San Francisco, The Art Institute of Boston and the Art Students League in New York City. She has exhibited widely in solo and group shows and art fairs in New York and across the country; her work is in numerous private collections. Her larger earlier, more colorful works on canvas were in a solo exhibition at Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum in Marshall, MN in the summer of 2008 and her work was purchased for their collection. A 2012 article by Siba Kumar Das was published on Green Door magazine’s blog site Field Notes, reflecting a 2-person exhibition at the Skylight Gallery, NYC. Her painting “To a Land Beyond” received an Award of Merit from Four Points Contemporary January 2014. Joyce’s work was on the cover of Art Voices magazine summer 2014 issue with a feature story. Her painting “Pathways” was selected to be in the 2016 Art Annual at the Danforth Museum in MA. Upcoming news: 2 works were selected to be in the winter 2016/2017 issue of the Studio Visit magazine juried by Jessica Roscio curator at the Danforth Museum and the WomenArts Quarterly Journal will be publishing her mixed media works in the next 2017 issue. Joyce lives and works in New York City, maintaining a studio in the Garment District.