Joy Lynn Davis is an artist from Santa Barbara, California. During 2012-2015 while based in Nepal, she documented community response to the theft of stone sculptures in the art and research project “Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu,” which was exhibited at Patan Museum and Nepal Art Council with sponsorship by UNESCO and the Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal. She received her BA in Art from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2002. In addition, she studied the Tibetan and Nepali languages, Himalayan art history and religions, and thangka painting. She has been an artist in residence at Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre and the Santa Fe Art Institute. Davis is the founder of Himalayan Art and Cultural Heritage Project, a U.S. based non-profit working to preserve and increase awareness for the artistic and cultural heritage of Nepal.
I believe it is the artist’s responsibility to offer hope and remind us of the beauty in the world and the interconnectedness of beings. Art should inspire us to shine brightly and to bring about positive change. To create a great work of art, an artist should employ her head, heart, and hands to fully engage viewers. Art should be meaningful and intellectually stimulating. It should be passionate and make us feel. Finally, it should be beautifully and finely crafted.