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About Joan

Baltimore City

My work falls within the context of identity politics, with equal parts feminist agenda and lesbian narrative. I make paintings that are full of symbolic complexity and social relevance while also portraying women who are confident in their own sexuality. By taking the route of translating my own biography into a sort of composed fiction, I create works that present the viewer with images of intimate relationships between two women, acknowledging and emphasizing the female gaze. I draw on my life with... more

The Impermanence of You(th)

These installations of light, shadow and paint create haunting images of children in order to evoke emotional responses on a gut level. Delicate constructions that attempt to capture the impermanence of childhood as a whole and specifically the impermanence of one particular child in my life. I am creating a three-dimensional space in which the viewer can experience the image of a childhood object like a playground swing, a stroller or a wagon created through a watercolor monotype process that softens the images and helps to place them in a realm of memory. Hanging several feet in front of the images (suspended by filament from the ceiling) are empty gold-gilt traditional frames, just floating in mid-air — seemingly weightless — attempting to frame the image of the paper on the wall...but as the viewer moves around the piece, the frame no longer visually contains the image. In between the empty frame and the paper on the wall hangs a sheet of clear Mylar with an image of an infant or toddler painted in soft white and pink tones—barely visible at first sight and again suspended in mid-air with an ethereal floating quality. Then as the viewer moves through the exhibit, spotlights directed at each work will slowly dim up and down revealing a strong shadow of the infant/toddler appearing in soft grays (and with surprising detail) onto the images of empty objects on the wall. Strong theatrical shadows of the heavy frames are cast on to the wall as well, creating a mini stage like environment for each piece.

TABOO (works on paper and mylar)

The works in this solo exhibition "Taboo" (Silber Art Gallery Oct-Dec 2013) consist of large-scale figurative oils on canvas, large watercolor monotypes and acrylic on mylar paintings. Over the past two years, I have arranged and captured intimate moments between lesbian lovers through photography, then translated the images into large-scale paintings and monotypes to produce a personal and fresh perspective. I use narrative, historical art references, theatrical elements of costumes, and autobiography to acknowledge and emphasize the female gaze. My paintings open up a dialogue about the increasingly visible presence of lesbian couples in contemporary society and the lack of their presence in the history of Western art.

TABOO (installation views)

TABOO (oils on canvas)

This body of work was shown in a solo exhibition "Taboo" at the Silber Art Gallery (Oct-Dec 2013) and consists of large-scale figurative oils on canvas, large watercolor monotypes and acrylic on mylar paintings. Over the past two years, I have arranged and captured intimate moments between lesbian lovers through photography, then translated the images into large-scale paintings and monotypes to produce a personal and fresh perspective. I use narrative, historical art references, theatrical elements of costumes, and autobiography to acknowledge and emphasize the female gaze. My paintings open up a dialogue about the increasingly visible presence of lesbian couples in contemporary society and the lack of their presence in the history of Western art.

Taboo (photographs)

Photographs of lesbian couples in both private and public spaces that act as source material for my paintings and also come together into one installation titled, "She Keeps Me Warm."

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