Joanne Wallen Syrop utilizes dreamesque scenes of earthly elements, celestial compositions, and both apparent yet indecipherable shapes to illustrate her unmatched artistic style. Working mainly in sculpture with steel, aluminum, wood, and other materials, Syrop first begins with defining a singular concept: the piece's message. The artist feels that the forms she constructs communicate with each other, and without welds, balance becomes a vital aspect both figuratively and literally. While held in suspension, these portrayed relationships act as reinforcement of the possibilities of life.
Syrop also has a background in dance and in the past, studied under choreographers Martha Graham and Jóse Limón. Presently, this artform plays an important role in her life. She attends six to seven classes a week, and relates the movement of dance to that of her pieces. Syrop recalls the Metropolitan Museum as a playground of inspiration and the Guggenheim Museum as a cause for her strong affinity for sculpture. Her mother was also an artist, so her transition into the field was a natural, familiar development. She received her Bachelor’s in History of Art from New York University and ran the design department of an architectural firm designing furniture, rugs, murals, and more. All of these experiences enhance the work she does today.