Joanna’s work explores the intersections of social engagement and creative practice. Her work considers the layers of cultural identities performed on and by our bodies. She is specifically interested in storytelling through adornment, female cultural lineages, and the meanings of hair.
She is an anti-disciplinary artist, layering diverse media to create works ranging from public printmaking (see posters), to her visual and oral history project (see HairStories), to formal gallery installations (see tools, white boxes).
Joanna is a candidate for an MA in Visual and Critical Studies at CCA, and received her MFA from SFAI in 2019. She earned her BA in Visual Arts and Cultural Anthropology from Brown University. Her current research asks: how might hair be mobilized as a material in contemporary art and culture to perform social critiques and towards creating decoloniality.