11×14 encaustic monotype on paper, 2016
In my encaustic monotypes I create abstract landscapes that are fluid, vaporous and filled with mythical impressions. They represent the ephemeral quality of nature and the imprecision of dreams and memories. Environmental issues are often considered. Through my intuitive style of working I depict movement, depth and the ever-shifting coloration of a familiar yet elusive or cryptic terrain. My method is to engage in a visual conversation with the work, solving formal issues as I conjure the essence of each piece.
Joni Gruber was born in Dayton, Ohio and earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting from The Ohio State University. Her paintings, prints, mixed media and photographic work have been in numerous exhibits across the US. She worked in exhibitions research and development in the Modern and Contemporary Art Department at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA and was Assistant Photographer at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, AL. Joni is an Associate Member of the Phoenix Gallery in New York City. Her encaustic work is represented by the Phoenix Gallery, the Full Circle Gallery in Fort Walton Beach, FL and the Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe, NM who retains her paintings in their permanent collection as well. Her work is also in the permanent collection of The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Yeats Memorial Building located in Sligo, Ireland. Her artwork resides in private collections across the US and Europe.