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Joy Hecht

Artist Statement:
I am a city person.  I love urban textures, colors and shapes; the contrast between old design and new; the three-dimensionality of hills, steps, buildings, and sweeping views; the choreography of people, bicycles, cars, and buses moving through the community.  I use collage to express that love, working in a palette of paper from many sources – magazine text, metallic candy wrappers, musical scores, colored tissue paper, scraps of kleenex and paper towel, watercolor on newspaper.  The contrast among my materials parallels the contrasts I see in the city.  When I get it right, I feel I have captured the spirit of the place, and can share it with viewers who do not experience the city as I do.  And when I don’t get it right – well, then I put that one to the side, and go on to the next.

Selected Exhibitions

2019    Public Spaces, Open Studios, The Clemente, New York City

2018    Arts and Culture Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland

2017    Solo show, Jumping Bean, St. John’s, Newfoundland

2016    Recent Works, St. Michael’s Studio, St. John’s, Newfoundland

2011    Francophone Artists Exhibition, Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival

2010    Artists Association of Newfoundland and Labrador


Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Art Collection

Work in private collections: New York NY; Lake Tahoe CA; Davis CA; Natick MA; Montreal QC; Halifax NS; St. John’s NL; Australia


“Capturing the Cityscape with Collage” by Barb Nigg, January 2017

“L’art du collage”  by Marie-José Mahé






Harbor Houses

joy hecht, collage of harbor gulls

Harbour Gulls

Harbour Night


Harbor Night