Canberra artist Joy (Economos) McDonald, is a multi disciplinary artist and painter.She hires and sells her work to collectors nationally. Her work is featured on the Craft ACT (APM) and the ANCA (Australian National Capital Artists) websites. Her ceramic pieces are sold through the Craft ACT shop. Joy exhibited a one-off series of religious and icon imagery from Byzantium and the Russian and Italian schools. These can be viewed at the Crisp Gallery Bowning NSW. In 2013 Joy will be directing ‘The Very Sad Fish-lady’ a puppet show at the Street Theatre Canberra for the Canberra Centenary 2013.

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Joy McDonald

Canberra artist Joy McDonald, has long been interested in exploring the patterns, rhythms and marks of nature in painted form.

In her painted works, she abstracts the natural forms to a series of graphic units – the dot, the line, the stroke. With these simple coded units she uses a technically simple form of printmaking and painting, to build complex layers of colour, depth and movement. Moving away from representing the natural world in a literal form she deconstructs images using repetition of marks to create moving surfaces of colour which allude to energy fields, wave systems and other unseen patterns within the natural world.

Joy graduated from the ANU School of Art in 1997 majoring in Ceramics, sub-majoring in painting. Since then she has worked in both and in print. Her work has been involved in corporate hire and sales and she has work in various business collections in Canberra, interstate and overseas as well as the Canberra Museum And Gallery. In 2008 she was a finalist in the Fleurieu Biennale, South Australia, and again a finalist in three categories with two high commendations in 2011. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Rosalie Gascoigne Grant from the Capital Arts Patrons Organization (CAPO) and a recipient of two Project Grants from artsACT 2011 and 2012 for a puppet show for the 2013 Canberra Centenary.

Joy has returned to puppetry after several years. The production of ‘The Very Sad Fish-lady’ is a work in progress with the support of Craft ACT, Canberra Arts Patrons Organisation CAPO, artsACT and the Street Theatre. The story of an old lady whose family have left their Greek island Castellorizo for Australia for a new life away from the devastation of war and poverty. With a bit of magic and help from a few friends an unusual change takes place as the old lady realises her greatest wish. Performances take place in September 2013 at the Street Theatre Canberra.