I'm Johanna - a painter fascinated by that magical place between abstraction and representation. My portraits appear to emerge from watery depths of paint, between splashes, drips and pools – created with layers of poured paint.
Alongside a passion for experimental mark-making, I am curious about the way we look at and represent women in particular. In a world dominated by the male gaze, I'm interested in the female one, as well as strength, vulnerability and diversity.
As an introspective observer and day-dreamer, art has always been in my blood.
Whilst studying Fine Art at Uni, I fell madly in love with portraiture. It became my vehicle to explore the painting process and I spent much time trying to find my unique visual language. When I threw a jar of diluted oils onto a canvas – a strange and messy language was born. I was enchanted by the push and pull of poured paint and the challenge of shaping it into a portrait. It is order and chaos – a constant tension between the controlled and uncontrolled. My favourite parts of a portrait sit in this intriguing space where things are familiar but unfamiliar, real but unreal.
This has become the language I use to examine contemporary representations of women and the female gaze. Based in East London, I’m delighted to have exhibited across the UK, Europe and Australia.
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