Joyce Garner is a self-taught painter and longtime Louisville resident, born in Covington, Kentucky with deeper roots in Laurel County. She owns a gallery in Louisville Kentucky, garner narrative, and has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally.
This series relies on an extended allegory of people coming together around a table. Helpful figures of speech: get everyone together around the table, turn the table, wait on tables, get a seat at the table, set the table, put something on the table (or take it off), table it for now, no room at the table, under the table. I often start a painting with a big circle for the table and draw some chairs ─ empty. Then I get to seat a person. They might be young/old, shy/extrovert, sly/unknowing, a participant or a watcher or a witness, involved or oblivious or dreaming. I don't want realism in the faces but I do want expression that is readable. This is tricky and I often back off the drawing to err on the side of cartoon, rather than slide into painting a specific person's face.
I do all this to tell the complications of family through time, and my wishes for the future. Emotional dialogues take place that are interactions not just within a family but with the history of the family, which includes society at large and our natural world.
My intent for my work is that I love to sit in front of a piece in the mornings with a cup of hot tea in my hands, and let my mind go. I want art that gives me a place to go.