Jocelyn Foye

Jocelyn FoyeArtist’s Statement

Raised by a taxonomist in New England, I produce work that incorporates an understanding of this scientific practice of observing and collecting. Currently, I am trying to capture and illustrate how the recurrence of everyday processes derived from labor produces a fundamental visual pattern. Using the principles of design and an almost cultural studies approach, aesthetic beauty becomes one of desired outcomes for this work.

Generally, I produce performances that combine a sport or action not usually seen in a gallery with the outcome of a static work in the form of the record of the event. I have produced private performances in my studio as well as public events often heavy with spectacle and excitement. Following the event, the resulting marks left in material are cast and recorded, sometimes wholly, sometimes edited to create sculptural reliefs that are both abstract and grounded in the origins of their creation. The events are ephemeral and often reveal the disconnect between the expected arena of their performance and the contemplative gallery space. The resulting objects carry the aura of the performance, but function as complete artworks to contemplate unto themselves.



Select Solo Exhibitions from 2009-2011

Rock ‘n’ Roll (Air Guitar-like Competition), Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles

The Map Quest (in collaboration with Jean Robison), Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles
Boxing & Ballet, Project Room G3, San Pedro, Calif.
The Map Quest (in collaboration with Jean Robison), Fette’s Gallery, Berlin

Select Group Exhibitions from 2009-2011

Gateway Japan (Sumo Competition), Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, Calif.

The OsCene (SmashDown, a roller derby experience), Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, Calif.
Actions, Conversations, and Intersections (Ballet Abstracted), L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles

LA2ND, Murphy Art Center, Indianapolis

Select Community-Based Artwork

Cross Pollination: the art of collaboration, El Camino College Gallery, Torrance, Calif.
To Live and Draw in LA, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, Calif.

The Art of Thought, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, Calif.
New in Town?, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, Calif.


M.F.A., 2006
California State University, Long Beach, Calif.

B.A., 1999
Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.

Hartford School of Art, Hartford, Conn., coursework in installation and graphic design

Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, coursework in printmaking and graphic design