Joan Wynn uses steel to create sculptures inspired by her own life and by universal experience. Distilling memories of her past life and childhood, Wynn creates figures and symbols that reflect isolation and longing. These sculptures are presented in ways that reveal resolve and determination. She also draws on her current life and future goals.
Wynn’s studies in ethics are a stimulus for sculpture that reflects broad questions of human existence. She looks at the extent to which boundaries between people are inevitable, and how fully we can and should move beyond them. Other work explores the extent to which our lives can be guided by intentional trajectories. Additional sculptures question our need to create groups that privilege their members while excluding others.
Joan Wynn’s sculptures use minimalist forms and distinctive textures. Her work takes on a rawness and energy that is reflected in her materials and methods. Wynn works in steel, which she feels radiates invincibility while allowing her great flexibility when exposed to the welding process. The steel she uses is reclaimed, with scarring, patinas and wear from past use that add to the depth of her sculptures. Wynn’s ideas and forms are then drawn directly onto the metal, giving each work both depth and immediacy. You can view her art at www.joanwynn.com
Wynn’s training draws on study at the Art Center College and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and the Art Institute of Chicago. Her works have been exhibited widely and are in collections across the country. *
*This statement draws on an essay written about Wynn’s work by Betty Ann Brown, art historian, critic, and curator.