Joyce Treasure is a multidisciplinary artist ~ she gained her BA (1st) Honours in Black Studies from Birmingham City University. Originally trained as a silversmith, she also has experience working within the creative industry, including metals, prop making and photography. From 1998 onwards: scriptwriting, editing, directing and DV film production. In 2012, she began to practice as a multidisciplinary artist working in layers and body forms to slice cultural and iconic imagery together using collage, print, acrylic, assemblage and film around the topic of identity. She employs notions of 'the carnivalesque', feminism and decolonial thought to question colonialism, which seeks to examine ideas of dominance and power and celebrate culture.
Born in Stourbridge in 1965, West Midlands and raised in separate households by her English mother and Jamaican father, she experienced two cultures. She draws on her mixed heritage to explore feelings of loss, absence, omission, presence, memory, recovery, and exchange. Treating this knowledge as resourceful material to experiment between the personal and the social, Joyce is interested in the tension that can arise through this research and how it correlates within the social structures of power and knowledge.
She worked as a street artist for a short period as it offered her direct connection with people, seeing it as a performative opportunity absent of gallery limitations.
Joyce began a 4 months travel research trip in 2017, visiting Jamaica, Haiti, New York, Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, and Nigeria, which has greatly influenced her practice.
Her current work seeks to interrogate colonial histories of trauma, resistance and survival to analyse parallels between different sites and locations using decolonial reasoning. She is interested in the intergenerational transmission of trauma as a site for healing and well-being.
Screening and exhibitions include ICA, Portobello Film Festival, Himalaya Palace, The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Kijkruimte, Bishopsgate institution, Tate Liverpool, Selfridges, Eastside Projects and Grand Union. One of five winners of BBC Bollywood Shorts, funded by BFI and BBC and residencies with Kijkruimte Gallery, Netherland, Grand Union and Bruntwood, Birmingham.