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Joyce Ellen Weinstein
updated: 10/02/2009
website: www.JoyceEllenWeinstein.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
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Vilnius I
Vilnius II
Reflections on War I: a book
Reflections on War II: a book
Reflections on War III: a book
Lietuva Forest
Doors
Cave
What Do I Know?
Looking For The Truth
Shadowman I
Shadowman II
Shadowman III
Shadowman IV
The Dead Boys and Cold Case
 
Portfolio Keywords:  books, collage, historical, memory, political, text, landscape
 
 
Vilnius I by Joyce Ellen Weinstein
Vilnius I
Ink/W.C/Wood/Metal/Plastic/Computer/Mixed Media on Lupa Paper
2008
37" x  28" 
Vilnius II by Joyce Ellen Weinstein
Vilnius II
Ink/W/\.C/Wood/Plastic/Computer/MixedMedia on Lupa Paper
2007
37" x  28" 
Reflections on War I: a book by Joyce Ellen Weinstein
Reflections on War I: a book
Ink/W.C/Wire/Computer on Lupa Paper and Lino Block Print on Rives
2008
17" x  24" 
Reflections on War II: a book by Joyce Ellen Weinstein
Reflections on War II: a book
Ink/W.C/Wire/Computer on Lupa Paper and Lino Block Print on Rives
2008
17" x  24" 
Reflections on War III: a book by Joyce Ellen Weinstein
Reflections on War III: a book
Ink/W.C/Wire/Computer on Lupa Paper and Lino Block Print on Rives
2008
17 " x  24 " 
Lietuva Forest by Joyce Ellen Weinstein
Lietuva Forest
Ink/W.C/Mat Board/Photo Collage on Wood
2005
24" x  24" 
Doors by Joyce Ellen Weinstein
Doors
Ink/W.C/Mat Board/Photo Collage on Wood
2005
24" x  24" 
Cave by Joyce Ellen Weinstein
Cave
Ink/W.C/Mat Board/Photo Collage on Wood
2005
24" x  24" 
What Do I Know? by Joyce Ellen Weinstein
What Do I Know?
Ink/W.C/Mat Board/Photo Collage on Wood
2006
24" x  24" 
Looking For The Truth by Joyce Ellen Weinstein
Looking For The Truth
Ink/W.C/Mat Board/Photo Collage on Wood
2006
24" x  24" 
Shadowman I by Joyce Ellen Weinstein
Shadowman I
Ink/W.C/Photo Collage on India Paper
2007
11" x  15" 
Shadowman II by Joyce Ellen Weinstein
Shadowman II
Ink/W.C/Photo Collage on India Paper
2007
16" x  11" 
Shadowman III by Joyce Ellen Weinstein
Shadowman III
Ink/W.C/Photo Collage on India Paper
2007
8.5" x  11.5" 
Shadowman IV by Joyce Ellen Weinstein
Shadowman IV
Ink/W.C/Photo Collage on India Paper
2007
11.5" x  8.5" 
The Dead Boys and Cold Case by Joyce Ellen Weinstein
The Dead Boys and Cold Case
Charcoal/Oil Paint on Paper
2007
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

 

Although at first glance the two bodies of work you are viewing may seem disparate, they are both concerned with memory, and how memory plays tricks with our “reality”,  reflecting on the illusiveness of experiences, impressions, and images – the malleable truth.  What was once primary becomes distant.  What was once abstracted becomes concrete.  Distortions shape our personal reality, and our collective.  The memories of our communities are also subject to our transient truths, impacting our relationships, our perceptions of others, and our reflections of self.

 

While traveling I became acutely aware of the many layers of history I found. I began documenting, writing, drawing, and collecting images that reflect this history to incorporate into the work. Vilnius I and II and the Reflections of War book illustrate through the amalgamation of objects and images, the sense of instability and changeability of perception and interpretation, over time.  The mixed media pieces consist of this collected material combined with traditional art media. The work implies the different levels of history, memory and perceptions.  The writing (I consider this drawing) is a description of the history. Written right side up, and then superimposed upside down, the words become illegible, not understandable in a concrete way. Like living history there is no absolute. Subsequently, one may see the images of people observing the remnants of, or playing a part in the past. After that, one sees a reference to the not so immediate past and is primarily concerned with memory and history. The work offers only hints of what was, and what is to be, leaving the viewer to interpret the reality expressed in the art, as one does in reflection of ones own life. The objects become mysterious and enigmatic, as if they were artifacts from another time and place.

 

The Shadowman series has simplified the image yet is concurrent with the above idea. It is part observational drawing and part memory. It is also of the here and now and the then. The synthesis of images in these works like the others, incorporate the confusion of time with the confusion of visual memory and place.

 

Artist Bio / CV

 

In 2007 I received A Fulbright Senior Specialist Award, US Dept of State, Council for International Exchange of Scholars; I was First Place winner of the Metro DC Dance Awards for Excellence in Scenic Design for the ballet “Cold Case” performed by Edgeworks Dance Theater, 2007.  I received fellowships to The Anderson Center, Minn. Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem, Israel and was a residence at Blue Mountain Art Center, New York two times and as resident I painted a mural in Prague, Czech Republic at The Social/Cultural Center, the first not-for profit alternative space in The Czech Republic after the liberation from Russia. In 2000/2004/2005/6 I was Artist in Residence at Europos Parkas, Open-Air Museum of the Center of Europe, Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

My works are in permanent collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; The Foundation Collection of the soon to be opened Twin Cities Museum of Contemporary Art, Minneapolis/St. Paul Minn., The Florida Holocaust Museum; Hebrew Union College Institute of Religion Museum, NYC., Gallerie-Junge KunstWerkStart, Vienna, Austria; The Social-Cultural Center, Prague, Czech Republic; Amnesty International; Einchen Americe, Princeton, New Jersey, among others. My works are in many private collections in the US and Europe. I am included in “Fixing the World: Jewish American Artists of the Twentieth Century”, by Ori Z Soltes, New England University Press and The Book as Art by Krystyna Wasserman published by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I am included in numerous catalogues as well.

 

I have exhibited at the Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy. I am exhibiting at the McMullen Museum, Boston College, Boston, MA from Feb. 2009. I have exhibited at The Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg FL; The National Museum of Women in the Arts; Hebrew Union College Institute of Religion Museum; Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, Washington, DC; The Czech Embassy, Washington DC; The Virginia Holocaust Museum Richmond VA as well as extensive shows in galleries and other venues.