Joanna Strong’s practice explores representation and materiality, examining how physical objects embody intangible concepts. Her painting process involves a direct connection with object and form, as she interacts with, shapes and observes the subject, addressing the relationship between appearance and meaning.
The Entanglement series uses rubber bands as the source material; detailed paintings which evoke mysterious worlds are the final result of a process of collecting, recycling and entwining these ephemera from daily life to create unique planetary spheres. Landscape elements of skies, snow, water and roads are implied, and abstract ideas of entangled thoughts and feelings are given form.
Originally from Newfoundland, Joanna has a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax and an MFA from the University of Waterloo. Her work has appeared in over 80 exhibitions, both juried and solo, and she is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. Joanna lives with her husband and two children in Toronto, Canada.
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