Critical Writing Index

Joyan Saunders Interview

by Robin Metcalfe

Video Guide, Dec. 1988, v. 9, no. 45, pp. 10-11

Robin Metcalfe interviews video artist Joyan Saunders on a number of topics regarding her position as a gay artist, her presence in the San Diego art world, and her views on her own practice. Saunders speaks about issues of marginalization attached to defining oneself as a gay artist. Hailing from a small town in Nova Scotia, she describes her time spent studying and working in San Diego, which attracted her in part by its progressive political stance and history as a center for performance art (Saunders mentions, among others, Allan Kaprow and Judy Chicago). She also speaks about her interest in playing with narrative structure and the impossibility of speaking to a non-art audience after having studied art in a formal university setting.

ITEM 1988.128 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Prospect PlaceJoyan Saunders