Joanna’s work explores the power and potential of chronicling surface through the gestures of printmaking, drawing and painting.
She combines the traditional printing techniques of etching and takuhon with digital printing techniques and photography, focusing on the ever-changing surface of the earth through traditionally unchronicled surfaces such as concrete floors, paving stones, roads, peeling paint or tree bark.
Un these works she uses a variation of takuhon printing, building layers of etching ink and wax, pastel to create visually striking and ambiguous images which confront the complex relationship between human activity and the natural world.
An area of floor surface, recorded with layer upon layer of diverse materials, becomes a map of an imaginary world. The artist imposes borders, deciding what is sea or land, what is lit or remains in shadow, whether an island remains on the surface or is submerged.
The surface reveals what lies beneath, seas are no longer the traditional map maker’s light blue, but run livid and chaotic as colour is layered on colour to suggest the teeming life beneath. By using materials that can be applied, removed and blended, Joanna mimics the formation of surface through biological and chemical erosion. In this way, surface, representation and meaning are eroded to give way to pure sensation.