Joan Bemel Iron Moccasin
Joan Bemel Iron Moccasin lives and works in Columbus, Minnesota. She earned her BFA in studio art from the University of Minnesota and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, the Dakota Center For the Arts Award of Merit, the WARM Juror's Recognition Award, and the Katherine E. Nash Purchase Prize. She exhibits regionally and nationally and her work is included in numerous private collections including the Weisman Art Museum, the Minneapolis Lending Library, and the U.S. Bank Stadium.
I am interested in combining and revising images, objects, and symbols, exploring how they interact with each other, and what the results say about the world.
In my newest work I begin with art of the past, from traditional museum pieces that I have reworked, modified, layered, and transformed into strange new souls and environments.
I make my prints by scanning collage pieces and, then adding photographs and filter paper, which is then digitally altered and finally printed on archival paper using a pigment-based process. Some are further layered and reworked by adding paint, fur, fabric, metal, found objects, and a paper transfer to the print surface.