Joy Lynn Davis is an artist and researcher currently based in Sweden. Her art and research project “Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu” documents the theft of sacred sculptures from Nepal and the community’s response to the thefts through a series of paintings, interviews, art historical research, and databases of the stolen sculptures and their current whereabouts. Her paintings often use 23 karat gold leaf to illuminate the sublime in sacred spaces and nature. The current series of paintings highlight the natural landscape of the islands on Mälaren Lake in central Sweden. In addition to large-scale paintings, she paints murals in public and private spaces, does street-painting in the tradition of i Madonnari, and teaches workshops in painting and working with gold and silver leaf. Joy Lynn Davis is also the founder of the Himlayan Art and Cultural Heritage Project, a U.S. based non-profit with the mission to preserve and protect the cultural heritage of Nepal and the greater Himalayan region.
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