Artist Statement


I consider myself to be a digital artist and create work on my computer. I work mainly with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, but I am beginning to expand into the animation software Maya. I find it freeing to work in a 2D and 3D workspace, I am able anything and everything. My work tends to be more expressionistic due to my main focus on exploring myself. I tend to use the same images and techniques in my works because of the meaning they hold. I use keys and the idea of spirals in almost all of my works.

With my many medical conditions I use the imagery of keys as a way to illustrate how I am unlocking new things within myself. The spirals are a way for the viewer to find a focal point and also serve as a path from point to another. My work is meant to be healing and to also be a mirror into myself. With every work I make I find something new about myself and I find this to be very meditative.

Originally my work was therapeutic, but with time I used my feelings as inspirations for finding myself. One artist I really look to for inspiration is Joseph Beuys. He like myself dealt with hardships that changed his life and how he created work. He also uses the same materials over and over again to link it with his past. I also look to Jackson Pollock because of his amazing work with expressionism. I love the amount of emotion he puts into each work.

In today’s world society believes that we should all be superficial and my work tries to bring the emotional vulnerable side back into play. I think that it is important for people to dig deep within themselves instead of caring what others will think of you. I hope that my work can someday inspire people to think beyond the superficial.

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3 Comments

  1. Joanna, your statement has deeply touched my heart! I have also used my art as a form of therapy to overcome fears/medical issues. Now that I have started to overcome the fears, I want to share my story with the world as an Art Therapist! I thought your statement was beautiful and I cannot wait to see how you grow as an artist during your undergraduate journey. 🙂

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