Through the medium of photography I examine my desire to understand how emotions and memories are trapped inside photographs, representing reality in symbols. I am interested in creating art that is intimate, visceral, and emotive.
Joy Makon paints representational watercolors that are based on observations of daily life. Landscapes and seascapes, often with figures incorporated into the scene, come from Brooklyn and from travelling in the US and abroad.
Run a non-profit that funds grassroots organizations that use Art Therapy programs for some of the most disadvantaged youth in the tri-state area.
Photography has been part of my being since that first moment I picked up my Pentax at 13
There tend to be some recurring subjects and themes I work with. I can list these as: history, science, survival, people, nearly extinct animals and plants, archaic technology, ancient jars and bowls… I am sure there is more...
I make videos, performances, and drawings inspired by popular film genres like horror and
romance. Supernatural themes and cautionary tales are central to recent projects, with bare
narratives, majestic landscapes, and horror archetypes.
My work explores science, nature and technology in paint, print and mixed media. I recognize and use natural imagery fragments as elements of aesthetic intrigue, extracting components for intellectual mind play for the viewer's experience.
Intaglios, collagraphs, monotypes printed on delicate Japanese papers, collaged over my own artist-
made papers are one aspect of my work; there are also mixed-media collages using colored pencils
over colored inks, and other materials.