Joan Wadleigh Curran

My work confronts issues of beauty and loss, strength and vulnerability, and change over the passage of time. I seek the unfamiliar within the familiar and to reveal significance in the seemingly insignificant. I examine the instability of our contemporary environment as an indicator of our values. I seek a relationship between subject and the body, and a correlation between visual and felt experience. Although the work is devoid of people, a human presence lingers. Items once nurtured are coupled with the discarded and the frayed. Through describing both absence and material presence, I highlight that which we have touched and treasured and that which we have abandoned, forgotten or lost. My intention is use convincing description, lush color and arresting composition to seduce the viewer and subtly undercut beauty with the unexpected, unsettling and provocative.

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