Joy Dennis was born and raised in the Midwest, formally educated in theater and photography. She says, however, the more important education is what she’s found in the miracle of her children and grandchildren, and being lucky enough to travel around the world.
“When I was a kid my pockets were almost always full of something I had picked up that day — interesting stones, a stray penny or two, and sea shells if we were near a body of water,” said Dennis, Powell Museum’s Artist of the Month for October. “My first fossil discovery was cause for much celebration and it sat on my bookshelves through out my childhood. I still have it tucked away in a box.”
Glasswork is something new for her “old age,” Dennis said. She enjoys making fused and slumped pieces in the kiln as well as the occasional leaded piece as in her collection on display this month, “Abiding Nature/ Ephemeral Art.”
Her artistic style is achieved by combining those elements of nature that represent ageless durability with the fragility of modern stained glass.
Dennis said “Abiding Nature/Ephemeral Art” is an attempt to demonstrate the sense of waiting to be discovered while traveling through time and matter suspended in a delicate set of circumstances.
“I also keep jars of seashells I have found over the years, clearly a little out of place in a desert home, but the shells and the rocks remind me that I am a part of forever at this moment. It’s comforting to know,” she added.
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