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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

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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