MerryJoy
MerryJoy
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
—Thomas Merton















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MerryJoyAs an artist, MerryJoy is known for her multi-media paintings and small sculptures depicting mystical tribal themes. In the earliest period of her work she produced themes from fantasy and myth. After meeting a Hopi storyteller during her college years, she was captivated by Native American shamanism and the rich multitude of Pueblo Kachinam, historical and contemporary, which came to dominate her work for many years.

“The paintings come in my dreams,” she related in a 1998 newspaper interview (found here), “Not so much as a work of art hanging on a wall, but as a living, moving presence surrounding me.”

She believes art comes from the tribal soul, whether it is Hopi, Pict, Zulu, Celt or Hmong. Since art depictions pre-date written language, art is “really the language of the soul,” MerryJoy surmises. “All of us have origins in some ancient tribe and art speaks to those origins. I want my work to get into your bones where it will leave ghosts to reawaken forgotten mysteries.”

Maasaw by MerryJoyHer work has been exhibited since 1963 when her drawings were included in a bank exhibition for local artists in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. She was the only child among several adult artists. Since that time she has had group and solo exhibitions, beginning with her first major solo show, “Hopi Song: A Spirit Gathering,” at The Foothills Art Gallery in 1981. She has won awards at international exhibitions, including several first place and purchase awards since 1973. Galleries that have represented her work include De Colores Art Gallery of Cherry Creek, Colorado; Marcus-Hayman, Denver; Gaslight Theatre & Gallery, Denver; Finishing Touch, Timberline, Otero and others.

MerryJoy's work is represented in collections across the USA, Canada, and in the UK and France. Her paintings, illustrations, pixelations, pen-and-ink, and cartoons have been featured on numerous periodical covers, book covers, and commissioned for CD jewel-case covers and company brochures and logos, as well as reproduced as wearable art commissioned by two screen-printing companies, Arctic Heat, Inc., and EarthZone, Inc.


Terry Carlson




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MerryJoy's work at SID Gallery, 2014
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EARLY WORK

MULTI-MEDIA

WATERMEDIA

Early Work multi-media watermedia

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SCULPTURE

pen-and-ink graphite sculpture

WEARABLE ART


CARTOONS


COSTUME DESIGN

wearable art cartoons costumes design
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