Joyce Pommer

Exhibition “2021”

Joyce Pommer was born in Quincy, MA and studied at The Academy of Art College in San Francisco and The Art Institute of Boston. She has exhibited widely in solo, group shows and art fairs in New York and across the country; her work is in numerous private collections and was purchased by the Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum in Marshall, MN. Her work was included in The Language of Making: Textile Study Group of New York, Art Folio 2020 book and Blink ADC Fine Art 2020 catalog. Joyce maintains a studio in Long Island City, NY.


My paintings evolve out of my subconscious in a free flowing intuitive process – I do not start with a preconceived idea or plan – the art is my reflection. The work I create makes people feel good & instills positive emotions and harmony, along with a curiosity. My work frees the mind and spirit; inspired by the early Abstract Expressionists I seek the emotion and spirit of the painting by way of the unconscious and spiritual.

Connections are important in my pieces – I find it intriguing to connect odd materials or colors I might not previously think would “go together” to see how they work. Sometimes I am surprised how they can easily become unified and live harmoniously within the space once given the chance. I like an isolated quiet space and that is reflected in some works but there is always a connection to be found or one I am still seeking. The white spaces become restful & contemplative giving the viewer time to think. I also love and am inspired by textural qualities, color and strive to use diverse materials in my work.

Whether confined, enclosed, open or vast the space comes alive through the colors, shapes and layers that work their way in often by collage of handmade, monoprint & marbled papers, fabrics and other diverse materials onto a surface of canvas. Some paintings arise from applying gesso over earlier paintings, sanding them down and letting some of that imagery come through. Others are the direct application of materials onto the surface. Each completed vision portrays a sensitivity and fragility along with a strong visual image. The image is abstract but the feeling is solidified and they become conversational.


Year: 2014

Materials: handmade papers, acrylic, ribbon on canvas

Size: 24 x 30 x 1 inches


Year: 2016

Materials: handmade papers, fabrics, coffee filter, acrylic on canvas

Size:18 x 18 x 1 inches


Year: 2014

Materials: mixed media on linen

Size: 25 x 27 x 1 inches


As a celebration that 2020 has ended and that a new year is here, FLATFILE has launched a new online program title, simply: “2021.”

We invited artists to participate through a rolling open call, which remains open for the entirety of this year. From these submissions, our jury panel carefully selects new works to present on FLATFILE, with new works added throughout all of 2021.