Joanna's work is comprised of both large and small-scale drawings and paintings that strive to create a sense of tension and unease amidst images of beauty and pleasure. It aims to challenge the viewer with their own biases as to what they find socially acceptable regarding the stigma around a woman's right to express her own sexuality.
It is emotionally charged and highly personal work stemming from life events and experiences around rape and sexual abuse.
Materials play a significant role in my work. The pieces are composed using conceptually relevant alternative materials such as steel, plexiglass and florescent light casings. Reflective surfaces lend themselves to the voyeuristic nature of the artwork, allowing the viewer to literally see themselves in the piece.
Joanna earned her BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007.
She received her MFA from Stony Brook University in New York in 2014, studying under established artists such artists as Stephanie Dinkins and Howardena Pindell.
Joanna works and resides in New York City.
· Awarded Runner up for Best in Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2014.
· Selected as "Featured Artist," Linus Galleries, Los Angeles, CA, 2013.
· Selected as "Featured Artist," International Emerging Artists, Juried Online Gallery, 2013.
· Selected as "Featured Artist," New Art Review Publications, 2009.
· Solo, Inch by Inch Lawrence Alloway Gallery, Stony Brook, NY, 2013
· Solo, .38 Lawrence Alloway Gallery, Stony Brook, NY, 2012
· Group, Women Painting Women, Richard J Demato Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY, 2014
· Group, Art of the Figure:Curator Philip Pearlstein, Gallery North, Setauket, NY, 2014
· Long Island Pulse Magazine, March 2014 issue.
· Studio Visit Magazine, Winter 2013 issue.
· Direct Art Magazine, Volume 19, Oct. 2012 issue.
· Dimensions of Disclosure, New Art Review Book Publication, 2009
· Instructor of Record, Stony Brook University, 2011 - 2014
· Studio Assistant, Louise McCagg (sculptor), New York, NY, 2010 - ongoing