Artist Statement

“I describe it as a tool that I wield against the global flow of images in our culture.”

“Painting is so much a part of everything else that is being hand made and everything that is handmade is an underdog to our dominant culture ecology.”

Joy Garnett   |   New York, New York

I decided that I would be really literal about this challenge. I just pared down my toolbox to one brush. It made it a little harder. This brush was not a risky brush. Technically painting with one brush is not that different. You can screw around with the bristles in many ways.

Really, the tool is painting, with all its trappings pared down. I think of painting as a tool. I describe it as a tool that I wield against the global flow of images in our culture. I am using the methodology of painting to slow down and intervene and subvert this flow, which I see as problematic in that it involves so many things being lost.

Today, the decorative arts and painting are not that different. Painting is so much a part of everything else that is being hand made and everything that is handmade is an underdog to our dominant cultural ecology.