Curated by Kendra Anderson
Abstract Expressionism was a vanguard movement in New York in the 1940s and 1950s. Characterized by large-scale paintings and the muscular, physical application of paint, the movement is largely associated with male painters. Despite this, many female contemporaries painted in this style, demonstrating that its only real precondition was a passion to paint.
Like the original Abstract Expressionists, Joy Kinna does not seek to reproduce the world around her, choosing instead to make meaning in her artwork through paint alone. Like the pioneers of the movement, Kinna believes this style is both a personal form of release and a means to communicate emotion directly through her medium, remarking “there is something so freeing about it and empowering.”
Image credit: Cover: Joy Kinna, Last Nights Dreams, 2017, Acrylic, Pastel on canvas, 48”x60”