After starting her professional life in finance and not feeling at home, Joyce McDaniel explored interests in art history and later in studio art. She became fascinated with the process of welding and moved into the realm of sculpture. Now working primarily as a sculptor, McDaniel incorporates a variety of media into her work but has a hankering for metal and paper. Her work examines social issues but also explores her own childhood memories and the effects that they have on her today. While steel is an industrial material, paper and pattern are generally used in the home. Using this juxtaposition, McDaniel creates compelling works that fill spaces with unique character and appeal. Her embossed paper work during her residency at Dieu Donné alludes to the past and the process by acting as visual remainders of the diamond grid surfaces upon which they were pressed.
McDaniel created two installation pieces during her residency. One was created by laminating layers of abaca and sewing patterns on top of four 4’x4’ dome structures which was assembled and hung. Another was a piece in which McDaniel laminated sewing patterns to both sides of cotton sheets and draping them over a wooden frame support to create this structure.
Born in Oklahoma City, Joyce received a MFA in Sculpture from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a MA in Art History from Wellesley College. She obtained a BA from Boston College and a BBA from the University of Oklahoma.
Workspace Program artist-in-residence 1993