Joanna Strong’s paintings explore aspects of the material world which evoke the intangible, addressing connections between appearance and meaning.
Currently based in Toronto, Strong grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She holds 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 100 exhibitions, both solo and group, and is in collections in Canada, the US, Britain, France, Germany, and UAE. She is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award and two Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council grants.
Strong’s well-known Entanglement series uses rubber bands as a source material to create detailed paintings of mysterious worlds, embodiments of resilience and elasticity, tension and complexity. A process of recycling ephemera from daily life leads to the creation and portrayal of unique spheres, each a physical metaphor for a specific meaning. Landscape elements such as sky, snow, water, and roads are suggested, and abstract ideas of entangled thoughts are given form.
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