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Joy C Martindale

South East


Since graduating with a Masters from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2004, I have exhibited in group and solo shows in Germany and the UK.

Employing a diaristic and meditative approach, I work with textiles and direct processes, which include drawing, sewing and assemblage. My work addresses personal experience through abstraction and explores issues including mental health, recovery from domestic abuse and motherhood. I am interested in the ways it is possible to reassert one’s individual sense of self through creative expression during and following times of personal illness, stress or crisis.

Working with clients of the charity Migrant Help, who are survivors of modern-day slavery and human trafficking, I have recently completed a participatory Arts Council England funded project, in Dover in Kent, which led to the creation of a new artwork, Lilacs In Bloom (2019). All of the coloured fabrics employed in the artwork were sourced on my local beach in south east Kent. Since 2016, I have been collecting and employing in my practice scraps of cloth that wash up on the shore. When I work with these found fabrics of everyday life, I am thinking about returning to them their material agency. Restoring individual agency is a central part of the journey of recovery for survivors of human trafficking and modern day slavery. The anonymous scraps of cloth I found on the tideline provided fertile ground for exploring the restoration of individual agency as both the subject of the artwork and the objective of the project.