Mixed Media / Cyfryngau Cymysg

Joanne was born in 1962 and has lived in both Leicester and Nottingham until she made the move to rural Wales in 2015. Joanne has a BA Honours in Graphic Design from De Montfort University, Leicester. She has also trained as a teacher qualifying with a PGCE in 2011, specialising in further education. She continues to teach part time for Loughborough University School of Design and Creative Arts.

Following a full-time career in Design and Teaching, Joanne now divides her time between working as an independent artist from her rural studio and teaching. She describes herself as a visual artist working in Abstraction, exhibiting widely in both England and Wales. 

Joanne is currently exploring both 2D and 3D outcomes using a variety of materials and processes. Joanne is fascinated with exploring surface and what lies beneath; and is influenced by both the urban and rural landscape with natural and man-made elements. Joanne is also interested by the changing environment and the idea that history can never be totally erased. 

Process is important, and Joanne uses a variety of materials such as past work, text, found objects, found paper, and waste materials, often sewn together to create seams and texture. These materials are carefully composed to form a collage which is Joanne’s preferred starting point. Layers of plaster and other fillers are applied then sanded back in a process of creating and destroying. Inks and other wet media are applied between layers. 

Joanne believes in being open to chance allowing random and unexpected compositions to slowly reveal themselves. Joanne looks for connections, texture, line, colour and shape that begin to appear on the surface that may develop into an abstract work.

Joanne’s work for this exhibition has been inspired by the textures, colours, shapes and materials found along the routes of old roads and paths. These tracks have been formed over many decades from movement across the landscape. Joanna emulates these ancient routes in these statement pieces.