Joan Bemel Iron Moccasin is interested in combining and revising still images, photographs, found objects, and advertising media, exploring how they interact with each other and what the results say about the world. Many of her compositions originate from images of the past with embedded history, which are reshaped, rearranged, and developed into strange new souls and environments. In transforming these works, her intent is to capture the outward and visible form through which is revealed the inward and invisible story.
Iron Moccasin lives and works in Columbus, Minnesota. Her work has been exhibited at the National Association of Women Artists (NY), the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MN), the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (CA), the Washington Gallery of Photography (MD), and the Tweed Museum of Art (MN), among others.
Her work was featured in the 2014 Biennial Exhibition at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts (MN) and on the 2014 cover for Plume poetry and literary magazine.
Iron Moccasin is a 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
She holds a BFA from The University of Minnesota and partnered with the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota in their Mentorship Program.