I’m interested in layering, in terms of images, materials and concept. Elements of nature have always been present in my work: seeds, cells, veins, trees, organs, insects and whorls of energy itself. The work combines for me the beauty of biology with the symmetrical order of icons and altarpieces. I use purified beeswax as a skin, to bind, protect, and ritualize.
I’ve evolved from using specific personal symbols representing my family to combining my drawings with actual bits and pieces of old family letters and photographs. This exploration has become an expanded personal biology, literally representing my own history.
It is my intent that this work has wider historical implications, going beyond the strictly personal to reflect a broader natural universe.
Joy Broom received her MFA from Washington State University. Her work has been featured in dozens of shows over the past 30 years, at a wide range of venues: the deYoung Museum (where she was an artist-in-residence), SFMOMA Artists Gallery, the Oakland Museum’s Collectors Gallery, the Triton Museum, the Bolinas Museum, Off the Preserve! In Napa, the Berkeley Art Center, SomArts, Studio Quercus in Oakland, the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, the Carnegie Art Center in Walla Walla, Wa., Mia and Linda Hodges Galleries in Seattle, Ann Street Gallery in upstate New York, and the Anchorage Museum of Art & History. Broom has also been a recipient of the WESTAF/NEA Regional Fellowship for Visual Artists. She was recently named Artist of the Month at the Berkeley Art Center. A full wall of assemblage pieces is in the permanent collection of the diRosa Preserve in Napa. Her work is represented in numerous private collections.