Artist Joyce J. Scott is a legend—among the first to reposition craft as social commentary. In 2016, a MacArthur Genius award recognized her vital creative force. For Art Basel Miami Beach 2018, Peter Blum Gallery presented rarely seen early works that reveal how the artist has always delved into the extremes of human nature—from humor to horror, and beauty to brutality. In her fusion of craft aesthetics and contemporary sculpture, performance art and cultural critique, Scott weaves a deep sense of humanity into complex conversations of our time.
The first conversation we recorded with Joyce J. Scott in Baltimore, Maryland, became Fresh Art International’s premiere episode, released on October 12, 2011. Re-releasing the segment is an opportunity to reflect—on the lasting value of Scott’s work and the continued relevance of this podcast.
Original Sound Editor: Ira Kip, 2011 | Post Production Editor: Matt Hodapp, 2018 | Photos courtesy Goya Contemporary and the artist | Music: Joyce Scott
Related Episodes: Radio Show Miami Premiere 2016, Franklin Sirmans on Prospect New Orleans, Prospect.4 New Orleans
Related Links: Goya Contemporary, MacArthur Genius Award, Peter Blum Gallery