Joy Garnett (born 1965) is an American artist working and living in New York. Garnett’s work is often associated with appropriate art and new media art, taking various news photographs, military documents, and scientific images to create paintings that explore the connections between art, media, and modern culture. She has been the recipient of various grants and has completed a residency at the Atlantic Center for Arts. Garnett has studied art at McGill University in Quebec, the ?cole Nationale Sup?rieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and the City College of New York. Her work has been exhibited at the Winkleman Gallery in New York, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and more.
In addition to creating provocative, colorful paintings based on various Internet images, Garnett also produces articles for her blog, NEWSgrist and continues to exhibit artwork in both solo and group exhibitions. When describing her own work, Garnett often refers to the “apocalyptic sublime,” which describes the intersection of natural, human, and technological forces that both awe and terrify. Because her work has been included within the appropriation art movement, Garnett’s work has been labeled controversial. However, Garnett’s stance on appropriation art has been made clear through various interviews, papers, and panels she’s attended on the subject. In today’s modern world, artists have a variety of inspiration and new media available for use in artwork. Art can be a social commentary, and often times, images from culture, news, and other sources can further enhance the messages that artists wish to communicate, and can present an alternative narrative.