Joanne Arnett, 2016
Andrea Donnelly, 2014
Olivia Valentine, 2012
Sharon Kallis, 2010
Stephen Beal, 2008
Andrea Vander Kooij, 2006
Elana Herzog, 2004
Soonran Youn, 2002
Sonya Clark, 2000
Tomoko Ishida, 1998
Kyoung Ae Cho, 1997
Marcie Miller Gross, 1996
Frances Dorsey, 1995

Joanne Arnett: 2016
Brandford/Elliott Award for Excellence in Fiber Art Recipient

 

Work Submitted for the 2016 Brandford/Elliott Award

Joanne Arnett combines the practices of photography and textiles into a single discipline. Her work explores the dualities of transience and permanence, public and private, the mundane and the extraordinary. She grew up in the Midwest surrounded by cornfields, then moved to Germany and worked as a fashion stylist. Sunny skies lured her to California where she spent several years as a wedding photographer before making the transition to fine artist. She moved to Ohio to pursue a graduate degree and currently lives on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. She believes hay fever is a fair price to pay to see fireflies each summer.

The pieces presented here are part of an ongoing project started in 2012, 2013.

Two Years and a Fine of $2000, 2012
56" x 45"
Hand woven cotton/bamboo, tinned copper.

Joanne Arnett - Two Years and a Fine of $2000
Joanne Arnett, Two Years and a Fine of $2000, 2012.


Two Years and a Fine of $2000 (detail)
Two Years and a Fine of $2000 - detail.


Two Years and a Fine of $2000 (detail)
Two Years and a Fine of $2000 - detail.

Joanne states, “I am fascinated by moments where one is both participant and observer. To recreate that liminal space I stage mug shots, transforming myself into people caught between guilt and innocence, aware that a personal situation is being documented for public record. Hand weaving soft, fluffy yarn with shiny, silver wire allows me to transform the image into an object, making portraits that are as vivid, yet as elusive, as the fleeting sensation I've captured. I render the staged photographs in large scale with saturated colors in an effort to envelop the viewer and provoke an emotional response before the image becomes visible. The image slips away as the viewer navigates the work, lost in the textured intersection of matte and shine. Requiring physical engagement with the artwork in order to see the image creates an unexpected dynamic between viewer and the character portrayed. I want to make the viewer want to look, to want to see that person, to want to figure out the story behind that moment, while I transform the vulgar into the sublime. ”

“Weaving wakes up the familiar images of people we could easily dismiss. The portraits function as giant daguerreotypes, but rich with texture and color. Viewers become lost in the narratives they create for the characters pictured. They want to know more about them. The pieces imbue viewers with empathy and wonder. In a society where people are flooded with images, it is powerful to witness people stop and look. ”

Out on $75,000 Bail, 2013
45" x 28"
Hand woven cotton/bamboo, tinned copper.

Joanne Arnett - Out on $75,000 Bail
Joanne Arnett, Out on $75,000 Bail, 2013.


Out on $75,000 Bail
Out on $75,000 Bail - detail.

 

Thirty Hours Community Service, 2013
45" x 29"
Hand woven cotton/bamboo, tinned copper.

Joanne Arnett - Thirty Hours Community Service
Joanne Arnett, Thirty Hours Community Service, 2013.


Thirty Hours Community Service (alternate view)
Thirty Hours Community Service - alternate view.


Thirty Hours Community Service (detail)
Thirty Hours Community Service - detail.

 

18 Months with Time Off for Good Behavior, 2013
45" x 28"
Hand woven cotton/bamboo, tinned copper.

Joanne Arnett - 18 Months with Time Off for Good Behavior
Joanne Arnett, 18 Months with Time Off for Good Behavior, 2013.


18 Months with Time Off for Good Behavior (detail)
18 Months with Time Off for Good Behavior - detail.

 

Charges Dismissed Upon Completion of Anger Management
45" x 28"
Hand woven cotton/bamboo, tinned copper.

Joanne Arnett - Charges Dismissed Upon Completion of Anger Management
Joanne Arnett, Charges Dismissed Upon Completion of Anger Management.


Charges Dismissed Upon Completion of Anger Management
Charges Dismissed Upon Completion of Anger Management - alternate view.


Charges Dismissed Upon Completion of Anger Management
Charges Dismissed Upon Completion of Anger Management - detail.

 

Six Months Probation, 2013
45" x 28"
Hand woven cotton/bamboo, tinned copper.

Joanne Arnett - Six Months Probation
Joanne Arnett, Six Months Probation, 2013.


Six Months Probation (alternate view)
Six Months Probation - alternate view.


Six Months Probation (detail)
Six Months Probation - detail.


Six Months Probation (detail)
Six Months Probation - detail.

 

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