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Artist ID: 2236

I create fluid abstract landscapes that refer to the ephemeral quality of nature and the imprecision of dreams and memories. Through my intuitive style of working with the encaustic medium I produce a familiar yet elusive terrain that often has an ambiguous sense of scale or perspective. The imagery is imperfect, irregular, sometimes appearing distressed, often revealing its own evolution. Environmental issues are a recurring theme in my work while the natural world, science and science fiction inspire my imagery. My method is to engage in a visual conversation with the work, solving formal issues as I conjure the essence of each piece.
I've been a sci-fi fan since I was a child. As we continue to experience extreme climate changes and social upheaval I find comfort and inspiration in the optimism of certain works in the genre. Mysterious quantum physics reveals universal connections and Star Trek's vision honors cooperation, exploration, equality, diversity, sharing and aspirations of individual betterment as opposed to conquest, warfare, intolerance, tribalism, greed and selfishness.

Joni earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting from The Ohio State University. Her paintings, monotypes, mixed media and photographic work have been widely exhibited in solo and group shows across the US including the 47th Annual Bi-State Art Competition and Exhibition at the Meridian Museum of Art in 2021, Global Warming is REAL at the Museum of Encaustic Art in 2017, B14, the biennial exhibition at the Wiregrass Museum of Art in 2014 and the 78th Annual Ohio Art League Exhibition, Columbus Museum of Art. She was featured in Studio Visit, Volume 26, 2014. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, NM and the The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Yeats Memorial Building located in Sligo, Ireland.

With lifelong interests in environmentalism and nature conservation, abstract landscapes and elements of the natural world are prominent subject matter. Some of her work focuses upon the ravages that the continued use of fossil fuels, unethical and undemocratic use of technology and greed have waged upon the natural world. She's also a big sci-fi fan.

Joni works in her studio in Tuscaloosa, AL. Her artwork resides in private and public collections around the world.

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