Rare Device is proud to present Places I Have Never Been by Anna Joyce. Places I Have Never Been is a group of large and medium format gouache paintings, focusing on color, pattern, and the search for pleasure amid the isolation Anna experienced during the pandemic. "I use painting as a release from the monotony and anxiety of living through the Covid-19 pandemic, and instead immerse myself in a woman’s world completely of my own design."
Show Dates: Friday, August 5th - Sunday, September 11th
Reception: Friday, August 5th, 6-8pm
Artist Statement: I created these paintings in my home at the dining room table amid the hum of my domestic life. My cats, who keep me company while I paint, often make their way into my compositions as a means to ground my real life inside of imagination.
I culled each interior from aspirational sources such as glossy magazines or catalogs and then adapted each to suit my whims.
The female figures in each painting are depicted alone, relaxed, and free from domestic responsibilities. Any male figures that were once featured in the source material have been removed.
Artist Bio: Anna Joyce is a painter and textile designer living and working in Portland, Oregon. Her work is a joyful study and homage to color and pattern, inspired by nature.
Joyce has a BFA with Highest Honors in printmaking from California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA, class of 2000, and is the author of two books, HAND DYED (2019) and STAMP STENCIL PAINT (2015). Joyce works full time as an artist selling hand dyed textiles, paintings, and prints and teaches artist retreats in Marrakech, Morocco on hand dyeing and artist sketchbooking.