What I find beautiful tends to be awkward and irregular and at times the opposite of what is considered the social norm of beauty. The work allows me a place of asylum, a fictional culture where everything and everyone is ok to exist. I want the viewer forget about an objects function and call attention to its possibilities as pure matter with its own intentions and encourage questions about what is happening with the objects. The paintings and objects have become married into installations, re-contextualizing them to function as three-dimensional paintings. My work lives in this twilight zone between painting and sculpture. I am continually searching for the sensation of something coming into focus. The objects I create are colloquialisms of my own making that reference ancient and current civilization. I believe an object can anchor the values of a culture acting as an artifact of its time.
                                              -Joanna Powell

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