Joanna Stuart

New Have, Connecticut, United States

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Photographs are the foundation of my art. I make photographs that stand on their own, and also combine fragments of many different photos to create entirely new images—photographic collages. Some fragments may show just a single color or texture. A close-up of a glass bead may become the canopy of a tree; a stack of books, a building; or silk fabric, the wing of a bird. These photo fragments are the building blocks for my collages. In some collages, I place imagined images together with real images, such as a window or a cup of tea. Imaginary interiors and outdoor scenes are the subjects of many of my collages. Others are non-representational images. While making my art, my imagination flies; I don’t know where it will take me. At the same time, completing a collage demands intense focus, as I work to create an imaginary image and couple it with the real. At first, viewers sometimes perceive my collages as paintings, and my photographs as collages. My roots in Brooklyn NY, education in cultural anthropology, and experiences in Latin America, shape many of the choices I make in creating art. In all my artistic efforts, my inspiration comes from delighting in discovering the unusual in the everyday. I hope that viewers feel a sense of surprise and enjoyment from my art.
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ag_biography : Contemporary artist Joanna Stuart creates unique photographs and photographic collages that express realism and playfulness. She creates her work by combining fragments of photographs to make an entirely new image. She often incorporates ordinary objects into real and imagined spaces, or offers a new perspective in her non-representational imagery. Through her work, Joanna aims to surprise the viewer with the unexpected. Each work reveals new details and elements the more it is studied, offering boundless potential for discovery. As the real and imagined come together, her images spark curiosity, thought, and pleasure. Joanna is deeply influenced by her work in anthropology and has a special interest in Latin America where she has lived, including teenage summers in Mexico. These experiences seeded her enthusiasm for vibrant colors, handmade crafts, and woven fabrics. Learning purely through her own experimentation, her development as an artist has been both a spontaneous and a disciplined process. In all of her artistic endeavors, her greatest inspiration comes from observing and enjoying the unusual in the everyday.
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ag_awards : National Juried Artist, International Juried Artist, Juror's Choice Photograph
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Joanna is deeply influenced by her work in anthropology and has a special interest in Latin America where she has lived, including teenage summers in Mexico. These experiences seeded her enthusiasm for vibrant colors, handmade crafts, and woven fabrics. Learning purely through her own experimentation, her development as an artist has been both a spontaneous and a disciplined process. In all of her artistic endeavors, her greatest inspiration comes from observing and enjoying the unusual in the everyday. Joanna has participated in several group and solo exhibitions since 2015. Her work has been selected for two national juried exhibits in NYC, one international Juried exhibit in California, and she was honored with the Juror’s Choice Photograph in a juried group exhibit in Vermont.


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