“Turning and turning in the widening gyre the falcon cannot hear the falconer; Thing fall apart; The center cannot hold… and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.” –William Butler Yeats
Joel Werring is an American artist whose paintings and mixed media pieces explore the ways in which the past and its attendant memories can have a physical presence in our lives. Working from a personal archive of photographs, old movie stills, song lyrics, his own children’s drawings, and satellite images of neighborhoods he lived in as a child, Werring creates narrative works that blend personal memory, cultural history, and collective mythology.
Werring received his BA in Art Practice from the University of California at Berkeley and his MFA from the Yale School of Art. In 2003, he received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Painting. He has taught extensively, and is currently Chair of the Fine Arts Department at FIT/ State University of New York. He lives and paints in Redding, Connecticut.