In the 1980s, Joyce De Gruiter was active as a photographer and focused on portraiture. In search of her own photographic style, she used her body and sexuality as the basis for representing fundamental desires, emotions, fantasies, and ideas. The photos appealed rather directly to the unconscious fears and motivations of the viewer. What is striking is that Joyce removed the faces from most of the photos herself. We either simply see closed eyes or no face at all. The reality she photographed was staged by her—these are not records of chance situations. Joyce combined everyday objects with (parts) of the human body. By fragmenting the body, the image becomes more abstract, imbuing these elements with a new, sharp symbolic value. The photographic works of Joyce De Gruiter are now a part of the collections at the Museum De Lakenhal (Leiden), Museum Sittard, and Museum Alkmaar, as well as those of private collectors.