The Art and Travels of Joyce Koskenmaki
Published on 3/28/2007
There is a decommissioned hospital in Hancock, MI that has been renovated for artist studios and office spaces. This is where we met with Joyce.
Joyce is a native of the Upper Peninsula and has moved back after lecturing art at University of Wisconsin in La Crosse and numerous academic positions elsewhere in the US before that position. She also taught at Finlandia University in Hancock for 4 years until retiring to her painting.
Recently, Joyce has been involved with the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition. They asked to create an exhibition of UP artists to give them a chance to talk about what it is like to live here. She feels strongly about enjoying nature as it is and not as commodified scenery. In the video, she gives us more information behind this subject.
Over a cup of tea, Joyce shared with us her travels to Kenya and her globe trotting experience researching petroglyphs. We get a rare experience to see the artist's sketches of her safari in the video. Joyce's animal paintings are well known. While visiting with her, we learned that the inspiration for these paintings arose partly from the rock art created thousands of years ago.
You can see more of Joyce's work on her website. You can also purchase prints in the UPliving store.
We met with Joyce right after we finished building the ice pyramid. We were exhausted, so I apologize the video is unsteady at times.