Joyce J. Scott (b. 1948) is a versatile artist from Baltimore, Maryland. She is a printmaker, weaver, sculptor, performance artist, and educator, but she is probably most well known for her work in jewelry, beadwork, and glass. Her art, in whatever form, reflects her take on all aspects of American popular culture, her ancestry, and the immediate world of her neighborhood.
Her pieces serve as a commentary for issues regarding race, politics, sexism, and stereotypes. Of her own work, Scott has said, "I believe in messing with stereotypes...It's important for me to use art in a manner that incites people to look and then carry something home - even if it's subliminal..." She received her B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and M.F.A. from the Instituto Allende. Her work is in the collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Mint Museum, Spencer Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Joyce J. Scott is featured in the Messages episode of Craft in America.
L: Joyce J. Scott, Vaulted, 2006, Courtesy of Goya Contemporary
R: Joyce J. Scott, bead artist, Mark Markley photograph
Curator George Ciscle, seated in front of Rodin's The Thinker at the Baltimore Museum of Art, explores the messages embedded in various pieces of Joyce J. Scott's work, including the No Mommy, Me series and Man Eating Watermelon.