Joanna completed her Abitur in Schweinfurt, Germany in 2011. After she moved to Asheville, North Carolina, she continued her education at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College in 2013.
Her first portrait painting “Far from Close” — inspired by her favorite artist Chuck Close — won Best in Show during the 2014 AB-Tech Student Art Exhibition,which was juried by artist Ursula Gullow. At the opening reception, she was able to procure her first two commissions. Her painting “People” was published in the 2014 Rhapsodist - Literature and Art Journal. At the 2015 AB-Tech Student Art Exhibition - juried by artist Dr. Rick Carey - Joanna received Honorable Mention for the drawing “Singer” and won Best 2D with the acrylic painting “Shrill Life II”. Her work was noticed by a producer from HGTV’s Dream House, who purchased the painting for the 2015 Urban Oasis. In May 2015, she graduated from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College with Highest Honors. “News” and “You” were part of the 2015 Painting Now Exhibition at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. In 2016, New York artist Edgar Jerins selected Joanna’s drawing “Desperate Women” as one of 43 pieces chosen from 907 submissions to be part of the 7th International Annual Drawing Discourse. In March 2016, Juror Michael Reedy selected the diptych “Conscious” and the painting “Media” to be part of the 2016 UNCA Student Art Show. The drawings “Singer” and “Desperate Woman”, as well as the painting “News” will be featured in the upcoming 2016 edition of the Rhapsodist - Literature and Arts Journal and “News” was selected as back cover art for the journal.
My current body of work discusses the term beauty as well as why society perceives some individuals as visually pleasing while others seem less attractive to the general consensus. In my paintings, mathematical concepts — such as graphs, grids, and the golden ratio — are combined with the visual elements of portraiture and figure painting. By mathematically defining beauty while juxtaposing it to a more visual and subjective version of figurative imagery, I aim at creating a dualism between science and individual perception.
The general goal is to raise questions in the viewer such as: Who or what defines beauty for me? Do I agree with the scientific approach or am I more concerned with and affected by inner beauty? Can plastic surgery make someone beautiful and even perfect by adhering to scientific formulas? What exactly is beauty to me?
The compositions are combinations of figures and mathematical ideas or concepts. Patterns — reminiscent of graphing paper — become the backdrop for spherical coordinate systems and nude figures. By using oil paint, I am able to create gradual and subtle transitions between the organic figurative elements as well as the conceptual mathematical lines.
My work has been greatly influenced by many different artists such as the Photorealist Chuck Close and his way of using grid lines to render images in perfect proportions, as well as the Baroque artist Caravaggio’s approach to shading and chiaroscuro. The greatest inspirations for my current body of work were Leonardo da Vinci’s schematic depiction of the Vitruvian Man, as well as my studies of Calculus. By researching and combining these different styles and experimenting with both science and art in my work, I hope to create awareness for the concept of beauty and how it applies and affects everyone in a different way.