Buried Woman is a sculpture made primarily of cotton duck fabric that has been dyed with plant based dyes. It is supported by an internal metal armature. It includes other material details such as pony beads and wax casts.

Joy Curtis, Buried Woman (2022). Walnut, Indigo, Osage orange, iron, on canvas, silk, and hemp, pony beads, beeswax, and phthalo blue. 30 x 84 x 30 in. Photo Credit: Jason Wyche.

Brooklyn, NY. Born 1976, Valparaiso, IN. Using both hand dyed and commercially printed fabrics, she incorporates traditional plant, animal, and mineral dyes like Indigo, cochineal, and iron, relating to her interests in plant life, histories of global exchange, and traditional cultures. Striving to imbue her works with a living quality, Curtis’ quasi-figurative sculptures take the form of ribcages, costumes, enclosures, and ladders, invoking visceral shapes and corporeal narratives.

2023 MSED Hunter College, New York, NY

2002 MFA Ohio University, Athens, OH

1999 BA University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.