Joanna Strong’s paintings explore the portrayal of experience, examining how painting the physical world can evoke intangible concepts. Her process involves direct connection with an object or situation, interacting with the subject and addressing the relationship between appearance and meaning.
The Entanglement series uses rubber bands as a source material to create detailed paintings which evoke mysterious worlds, embodiments of resilience and elasticity, tension and complexity. They are the final result of a process of recycling these ephemera from daily life to construct unique and carefully designed spheres, each representative of a specific meaning. Landscape elements such as skies, snow, water, foliage 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 and two Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council grants. Joanna lives with her husband and two children in Toronto, Canada.
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