Addressing ideas of historical memory, identity and discovery, Joan’s work explores the associations we have with the material evidence of our own history.
Her images, mainly sourced from cartography and archaeology, make reference to site plans, excavation diagrams, and architectural spaces; along with these references to place her tool shapes speak of invention, function and survival.
Sometimes a single form evolves from the neutrality of the white paper. In other drawings, shapes become points of identification; they float among map sections to create a mesh of new relationships.
Within this narrative Joan will often include lines that represent her own journeys: their shapes originally traced out on street maps appear as records specifically related to her own past.
Joan’s mixed media approach includes graphite, colour pencil, pastel and watercolour.
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