Joyce Scott

Joyce Jane Scott was born in 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has been a lifetime resident. Having made paintings, dolls, clothing, and jewelry in the 1960s, Scott’s first artworks emerged in the early 1970s, colorful flat textiles made with her quilt-maker mother, with whom she continued to live and collaborate. Using fiber, beads, wire, thread, and other mixed media, the strands of Joyce Jane Scott’s urban, multi-ethnic African-American, female identity and experience unite in her art. Starting in the mid-1990s her collaborations with teams of artisans in several US glass shops and recently a Venetian glass studio have assumed a key role in her works. With her work now in numerous private and public collections, Scott’s much increased importance and visibility connects with the broader shifts in the art world; the upgrading of craft and the media associated with it; the recognition of the talents and distinct visions of women artists; the diminution of the artistic centrality of New York City and New York artists; and the ascending acknowledgement and centrality of African-American artists. The first thirty years of Scott’s art was surveyed in Joyce J. Scott: Kicking’ It With the Old Masters, at The Baltimore Museum of Art, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and elsewhere in Baltimore. An updated, smaller solo show entitled Kickin’ It with Joyce J. Scott toured to ten US museums from 2005 to 2007.

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