“wayfinding” Solo Show at Olney Gallery Feb 2018

Please join us—First Friday Artists Reception Feb. 2nd 6–9 pm
Exhibition dates: Jan 26–Feb 22.   Gallery is open: Mon–Fri 9 am–4 pm

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“Steel Branches: Yin/Yang” and “Syncopation” ©Joan Waters 2018 all rights reserved
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Olney Gallery installation view ©Joan Waters 2018 all rights reserved
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“Tree” ©Joan Waters 2018 all rights reserved
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Olney Gallery installation view ©Joan Waters 2018 all rights reserved
New acrylic paintings and steel sculptures embrace the unknown as an essential part of their process. To move beyond the limitations of words and what we ‘think we know’ asks us to rely on direct observation and experience. John Keats called this “negative capability— to be capable of “being in uncertainties, mysteries, and doubts without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.”

Returning to her roots in painting and drawing, Waters’ Portal series of paintings are inspired by the mysterious patterns of tar lines used to patch cracks in the road. Finding similar patterns in glazed ceramics, aerial city maps, leaf veins and coiled garden hose fuels her curiosity about the universality of these patterns. Colored glazes are layered over calligraphic brush strokes to build depth and movement. Steel sculptures echo the calligraphic mark making in cutout steel shapes and hammered rod with patinas.

“Working across different mediums allows me freedom to break the ‘rules’ and cross-pollinate ideas. Seeing change as evidence of aliveness, I seek to create a visual language out of what is unfamiliar, and use imagination to convey a sense of exuberance and vitality which challenges viewers to reconnect with their own sources of positive energy and magic in the world.”
“Not all those who wander are lost.” J. R. R. Tolkein

“FOUND OBJECTS of the mind” Solo Show at Chartreuse – October

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Preview reception Friday, Sept. 29, 6-10 pm
First Friday reception Friday, Oct. 6, 6-10 pm
Third Friday reception Friday, Oct. 20, 6-10 pm
Special Saturdays letterpress printing.
Exhibition open for viewing during the week, please call 480-544-2162 to confirm hours.

Nature is not only more complex than we think.
It is more complex than we can think.
—Frank Egler
I’m continually intrigued by nature’s infinite variety and complexity of form and color, and the possibility that many of her secrets have not yet been ‘discovered’ by humans. In a spirit of exploration, I work with welded steel, glazed ceramic, and burned and salvaged wood, in an open-ended process that is rooted in painting, drawing and observation. Not “found objects” in the usual sense—castoffs with a past life—these studio-made objects are results of this creative inquiry and look to the future. As these elements accumulate around my studio, I look to my imagination and subconscious to ‘find’ them and make them into finished sculptural objects. —Joan Waters
A limited edition letterpress and linocut poster, a collaboration of the artist and Hazel & Violet, will be available to celebrate this exhibition.


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Primero Ovo

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This embellished egg was part of the Arc Degree 360 project sponsored by the David Wright House to benefit Artlink Phoenix. The ‪#‎ArcDegree360‬ eggs will be part of an art show and silent auction at the Artlink Phoenix Art d’Core Gala in Hance Park on March 10, 2016.(The list of names of the participating artists hasn’t been released yet.)

The mythical Phoenix is unique among birds. Born not from an egg, it instead rises from the ashes of fire and destruction to come into this world. Fiery, colorful and creative, this image of new life springing forth against the odds of the harsh desert environment has fueled the collective imagination of our young city that bears the same name.

As the community matures and grows deeper roots to sustain future growth, however, it undergoes a huge transformation. The firebird can no longer sustain itself on fire, rage and destruction, and it experiences a seismic shift of consciousness in order to survive and flourish.

Primero Ovo (First Egg) represents this massive transfiguration for the Phoenix. This will be the first time the Phoenix uses the egg as the vehicle to regenerate.

The nest, which supports and protects the egg, is patiently constructed of smaller twigs and branches. These are the elements—the cultural traditions, social institutions and community groups—which create the vision and support the future growth of our magnificent Phoenix.

 

 

 

ArtPrize 2012

"ultimate reality show"
“ultimate reality show”, ©Joan Waters 2012

“ultimate reality show” at the Grand Rapids Public Museum during ArtPrize 2012

66″h x 48″w x 20″d, welded steel with patinas

About the work:  An over-sized welded steel television set creates a viewfinder and invites the public to observe daily life—the “ultimate reality show.” One of the questions the sculpture asks us to consider is how our perceptions of life are created or altered by viewing two-dimensional images on TV and all the other electronic screens we rely on.

Link to sculpture http://www.artprize.org/joan-waters/2012/ultimate-reality-show

ArtPrize is the world’s largest art competition. The top prize is determined solely by public vote. In 2012, its 4th year, 1517 artist entries will be on display at 161 venues throughout Grand Rapids, Michigan. The sculpture I submitted was selected by the Grand Rapids Public Museum to be installed outside their main entrance. ArtPrize dates are September 19 – October 7, 2012. http://www.artprize.org

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Fine Art in the Garden

Saturday, March 17th, 9 am-4 pm, Shemer Art Center

This is the 47th year of the Fine Art in the Garden exhibition and sale, hosted by this group of 20 artists. As members leave, new artists are invited to join the group. The first year they exhibit as a guest, and are then invited to become a permanent part of the group. This is my first year exhibiting at this show.

5005 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85018. Free and open to the public.

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Open Studio Sneak Peek/Wed.

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Steel Tapestries ©Joan Waters 2012

Sneak Peek of new work to be shown at Saturday, Feb. 11th Open Studio~Strips of hammered, welded steel are layered onto oxidized panels, to be hung singly or in groups. The blue colors are created by the heat of the welding process. Since I’m using my “Steel Tapestry” theme as inspiration for a guest artist project with Seton Catholic High School students, I felt inspired to revisit this theme from a series of 2006 sculptures. To me, the most recent sculptures seem to embody more color and spontaneity from the welding and fabrication process.

Undivided Attention

Installation views of new sculptures and paintings at Chandler Center for the Arts. Twelve of the pieces are new “hybrids” which combine an acrylic painting with a welded, patinaed metal panel. The exhibition opens with a reception this Friday, October 7th, from 7-9 pm, and continues through November 19th. Hours are Monday-Friday 10 am-5 pm, and Saturday noon-4 pm.

Ironwork Today 3

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Ironwork Today 3, to be released November 2011

Schiffer Publishing will release Ironwork Today 3, Inside & Out this fall. I just received word that my work will be included in this edition by Jeffrey B. Snyder. A wide range of iron artwork, created by 82 of today’s artist-blacksmiths, will be highlighted. Over 450 color photos, 256 pp.

My work was also published in the first Ironwork Today, and Ironwork Today: Dynamic Details, both by Dona Z. Meilach.