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 Joyan Saunders  (1954 - )

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Lived/Active: Arizona      Known for: installation sculpture, video

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The following information is from Julie Sasse, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Tucson Museum of Art in Arizona:

Joyan Saunders is an interdisciplinary artist who works in the mediums of experimental video, installations, and staged photography. Her work focuses on the examination of sexuality and gender and the difference between popular belief, common experience and academic doctrine.

Saunders video works contain elements of farce, while her installations focus on the dynamics of intimate relationships and institutional contexts. Her photographs refer to the psychologically loaded classical male nudes created by George Platt Lynes during the 1930s and 1940s. In Saunders works, she restages Lynes scenarios with female nudes, thus changing the meaning and impact of the images.

Saunders, who received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California at San Diego in 1985, has taught extensively in the area of intermedia. Among the many institutions that have exhibited her work are the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum, The Walker Art Institute, and the Museum of Modern Art. Saunders is currently a Professor and Program Director in New Genre at The University of Arizona.

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