About JoAnna

My work explores the intersections of social engagement and creative practice. I study and consider the layers of cultural identities performed on and by our bodies. I am specifically interested in storytelling through adornment, female cultural lineages, and the meanings of hair.

I am an anti-disciplinary artist, layering diverse media to create works ranging from public printmaking (see posters), to my visual and oral history project (see HairStories), to formal gallery installations (see toolswhite boxes).

I am a candidate for an MA in Visual and Critical Studies at CCA, and received my MFA from SFAI in 2019. I earned my BA in Visual Arts and Cultural Anthropology from Brown University. My current research asks: how might hair be mobilized as a material in contemporary art and culture to perform social critiques and towards creating decoloniality.


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