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Becky Joye
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

I create imagined places for escape. Looking out of car windows, the ordinary comes alive to transport me to new landscapes of my mind. A nocturnal world of dreamlike and precarious amusement rides and playscapes is envisioned, inspired by vintage amusement rides and playground equipment, children’s toys and games, and implements of construction. Structures of work from mine yards and construction sites are combined with geometric elements in vibrant colors and patterns, becoming lighthearted toys of play. I hunt for adventure on an island where steamy hydrothermal power, craggy volcanic rock, and swirling sky lights tell a story of humans and a mysterious natural world. I invite the viewer to pause and inhabit the magical moments of beauty and wonder found in the spaces of our imaginations.

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