Living on the Edge. all images © Mica Joy 09/2014
“We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view.” Mao Zedong
The view from a petal. all images © Mica Joy 09/2014
As a kid my Mom and my Dad both would tell me to reach for the stars, shoot for the moon or the sky is the limit. They were trying to tell me that i could be great so that I would dream big! Well, I kind of took it literally when I was young. I once asked my Dad to pick me up so I could touch the moon. He would pick me up so I could reach out and touch other things and in my mind touching the moon was not an unreasonable request!!!! I mean, when you are riding down the road as a passenger in the truck at night and the moon is full, it’s just RIGHT THERE in the sky, a large yellowish orange circle! One that I should be able to touch. It was so hard for me to understand and accept the words my Dad kept trying to explain to me, “I’m sorry but I cant pick you up to touch the moon.” In my mind he COULD do that. The moon was not too far away, all principles of time and space were irrelevant and just INCORRECT as far as I was concerned. I never have figured out how to touch the moon but I am still trying to find a way.
All Tucked In. all images © Mica Joy 09/2014
So what do the frogs have to do with the moon? We are like frogs in this large universe ~ tiny little creatures. Maybe, like the quote says, we need to think larger than the frogs. We need to stop thinking the sky is only as large as the top of the well! My whole life I’ve been striving to reach the moon, Earth’s moon, when really I should have been reaching for ALL of the moons in all of the universes! AND all I needed was a different view…the view of a tiny frog.
I am an Artist: a painter, a graphic designer, a photographer
AND i just LOVE to cook!
Mica Joy is a painter who primarily works in oil paint and gouache. She also enjoys photography and collage. She likes to incorporate the use of collage and technology into her technical process to build her concepts and draw out found patterns. It is her fascination with line and color that has developed her intricate detailed style.
She was born and raised in North Carolina and currently resides and works in Warsaw, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with her BA in Studio Art in December 2016.
In April 2018 she attended a 1 month art residency at the Julia and David White Art Colony in Costa Rica. She received two grants In 2017, a Regional Artist Project Grant from the North Carolina Art Council and the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge and a mural grant from the Jacksonville Onslow County Arts Council to paint a mural in downtown Jacksonville, North Carolina (currently in progress). She will have a solo exhibition at the Jacksonville Onslow Arts Council's gallery in November 2018 that will showcase her work created during her art residency which was partially funded by the regional artist project grant.
She had a solo exhibtion, Lost in Wonderland, at the Sampson County Arts Council's Victor Small House in Clinton, NC in August 2017 and in November 2016 she was the recipient of a scholarship awarded solo exhibition at the Ann Flack Boseman Gallery at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has been featured in 6 group exhibitions in 2016 and 2017, which includes one juried exhibition at the Ann Flack Boseman Gallery at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the CTFA Spring Juried Show at the Jacksonville Onslow Arts Council in Jacksonville, NC. In 2017 she also received the People's Choice Award at the Arti-Mardi Gras Exhibition at the Going Local Artisan Gallery in Wilmington, NC.
September 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm
Oh, how well I remember the night. No matter how hard I tried to explain that I could not get you up to the moon, you just kept shouting “I want to touch the moon!”. Well, keep trying you may get there yet.
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