"My figures speak of that peaceful place within — calm, open, aware. My sculpture has evolved over forty seven years of working with clay. The influence of the Japanese aesthetic on my work springs from my childhood and a traditional ceramic apprenticeship in Japan. Since 2009 I have been building this series of large scale bronze works in collaboration with Purple Roof Gallery and Atelier in Shanghai, China. I make a full size form in plaster which is then cast in bronze. Each sculpture is inspired by a clay figure made and wood-fired at my studio in Kent, Connecticut."
Joy Brown has exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, Japan, and China. Her figures and three-dimensional wall installations are represented in prominent private and public collections, including parks, sculpture gardens, and urban public spaces around the world.
The monumental bronzes have been widely shown in China, represented by Purple Roof Gallery in Shanghai. The first exhibition of these works in the United States was a nine month show on Broadway in NYC in 2017-18 represented by Morrison Gallery in Kent, Connecticut. There was a concurrent exhibition in Sanya, China.
In 1998, she co-founded Still Mountain Center, a nonprofit organization that fosters artistic exchange between East and West, bringing people together in the arts.