I explore landscapes and urbanscapes using different media. The resulting layered images veer into abstraction as conflicts, both real and imagined, are played out on the picture plane.
Joy Garnett studied painting at L’École des beaux-arts in Paris and completed her MFA at the City College of New York. Translating found imagery of man-made and natural disasters, machine visions and surveilled but forgotten spaces, her work makes connections between direct experiences and ubiquitous media narratives operating beyond our control. Joy’s work has been shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum, MoMA-PS1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center, The FLAG Art Foundation, NY, Boston University Art Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), and the Witte Zaal (Ghent, Belgium). Catalogue essays by Lucy Lippard, Tim Griffin, Deborah Frizzell and Benjamin Godsill have accompanied her exhibitions, which have been reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art in America, ARTnews, TimeOut, The Brooklyn Rail, Artnet, Artforum, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, and elsewhere. Joy has received grants from Anonymous Was a Woman, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Wellcome Trust and The Chipstone Foundation. Her work is in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC), Altria, and The West Collection (Oaks, PA).
Joy served as Arts Editor (2005-16) for the journal Cultural Politics published by Duke University Press. Her paintings and writings have appeared, sometimes side by side, in an eclectic array of publications, including artnet; Art21 Magazine; Ibraaz (edited by Anthony Downey, 2013); Ping Pong, the literary journal of the Henry Miller Memorial Library (edited by Shelley Marlow, 2015); and the The Artists’ and Writers’ Cookbook (edited by Natalie Eve Garrett, powerHouse Books, 2016). Scholarly books where her paintings and writings have appeared include Virilio Now: Current Perspectives in Virilio Studies (Polity, Cambridge, UK 2011); The Virilio Dictionary (Edinburgh University Press, 2013); and Virilio and Visual Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), edited by John Armitage.
Joy has been working on several projects that revolve around her late grandfather, the Egyptian Romantic poet and bee scientist A.Z. Abushâdy (1892-1955). For information visit The Bee Kingdom.