Joy Gerrard (b. 1971, Ireland) lives and works in London, UK. Gerrard graduated with an MA and MPhil from the Royal College of Art, London. Her practice investigates protest crowds and occupation of urban spaces, archiving media images from the Trump Resistance, Black Lives Matter, Occupy movement, Arab Risings and many more. Exploring the historical and iconographic qualities of these images, her studio-based work (re)presents them in detailed pen and ink drawings, and more recently large ink works on canvas. In this work, the figure of the crowd comes to suggest the expression of collective agency. But these crowds are persistently contained within historical architectures that at once give them form and constrain them. The ephemeral imagery of news media is thus figured against more fundamental and enduring human conditions, while the rescaling of images into dramatic, painterly forms disrupts their everyday meaning to provoke reflection on the place of art, witnessing and the politics of representation. Select solo exhibitions include shot crowd, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland (2017); and Protest Crowd, Peer UK, London (2015). Select group exhibitons include MAC International 2016, MAC International, Belfast (2016); In a Dream You Saw A Way To Survive and You Were Full of Joy, Hayward Gallery Touring (2016); and Contemporary Drawing, Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, China (2015). She has installed numerous public installations since 2004 including at the London School of Economics (Elenchus/ Aporia, 2009) and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (Assemble/Move/Map, 2012).
Last updated: 10.05.2017