Year of the Home 2009 - 2012
The Year of the Home series is much more illustrative than Joanna's other work and includes a collection of oil pastel and graphite miniatures. It is inspired by the artist's convictions about home life and family. The pieces incorporate what the artist calls ‘home iconography’ and explores ways of ‘doing life’- from the insanity of chasing toddlers to the joy and peace found in faith. The village views are crowded and chaotic yet retain a certain simplicity mixing symbols of various lifestyles- from caravans to igloos- with the things of everyday life- teacups and telephones, lawnmowers and cutlery. Each work presents the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of family life and the truth that, perhaps, we all need to return to the un-ornamented yet essential ‘stuff’ that is home.