Joan Wortis

Joan Wortis in her studio
Joan Wortis in her studio

Artist Statement

My creative energy is derived from trying new approaches. I explore images, both found and created, color relationships, and happenstance in placement. The bodies I once worked with in dance are now abstract forms moving rhythmically in space, sometimes based on language forms, sometimes found or invented.

The work varies from mixed media and monotype collages to folded undulating textiles to plexiglass which allows light through thin layers of printed and collaged Japanese papers. Layering is an important component, revealing and also concealing.

I work intuitively, rather than in a fully planned manner, letting my hands play, my eye decide. It is an endless journey.