Joyce Owens Collection
The mask imagery in my work serves as a conduit into the depths of identity, ethnicity, humanity and multiplicity in an attempt to expose racial stereotypes. I use folded and draped canvas to reflect the inevitable wrinkles in life. I work with weathered wood and multi-planed canvas to create constructions that will lead the eye to look at human imperfection as a natural and positive force.
Another choice I have made is framing my work to place in context the African-American presence within the larger world, to create images that will inspire the viewer to re-evaluate limited perceptions of African-Americans. To expand our senses, aesthetics and perspectives so that we might see more than the narrow picture, and learn to look and think outside our boxes, is an important goal.