- Joanna Kirk
Joanna Kirk — Joanna Kirk
Many of Kirk’s works isolate her children in natural landscapes, exposing their vulnerability and something of the dread and magic of fairytales in which children carry the weight of apprehension and that of their parents. In a frank interview with novelist Rachel Cusk, the artist discusses her fear of self-dissolution, and through the competition set up between creative work and maternal duty, the potential for self-identification in motherhood.
Joanna Kirk’s pastel paintings relate her experience of motherhood in which beauty is marked out against everyday reality to provide a new perspective on her work and life. Using her fingers to b...
Joanna Kirk’s pastel paintings relate her experience of motherhood in which beauty is marked out against everyday reality to provide a new perspective on her work and life. Using her fingers to blend colours and build surface, much of Kirk’s inspiration is drawn from the Impressionist painters Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt for whom domesticity was their given sphere, as well as later artists such as Louise Bourgeois for her ongoing revision of childhood experience.
Kirk's new work takes this theme to a more extreme level. The children are now immersed in the landscape more than ever before, 'lost' or 'devoured' by the chaos and scrupulousness of nature. These much larger pieces challenge the eye with their deliberately detailed surfaces.
May 21, 2016
I Prefer Life
Weserburg Museum of Modern Art
Teerhof 20, 28199 Bremen, Germany
21 May 2016 – 26 February 2017
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September 9, 2015
At Blain|Southern London
Blain|Southern London will present an exhibition of new large-scale works in pastel by Joanna Kirk from September 9th to October 8th, 2015.
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October 10, 2012
Metamorphosis — The Transformation of Being
9th – 14th October 2012All Visual Arts, 33 Portland Place, London W1B 1QE
Following the success of 2010’s critically acclaimed group exhibition Vanitas: The Transience of Earthly Pleasures, which attracted over 4,000 visitors during the Frieze Art Fair, All Visual Arts is pleased to announce its upcoming autumn exhibition, Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Being. Curated by All Visual Arts directors Joe La Placa and Mark Sanders, with guest curator Wolfgang Schoppmann of the Thomas Olbricht Foundation, the exhibition takes a thought-provoking look at the evolving language of metamorphosis and transformation spanning over 400 years in the visual arts. Set in the dilapidated grandeur of a former embassy at 33 Portland Place, the exhibition features over 100 works from 48 artists, some especially commisioned for the exhibition. Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Being will run from October the 8th to the 14th alongside this year’s Frieze Art Fair 2012.For more information, visit the All Visual Arts website.
October 4, 2012
Paintings at Blain Southern
Joanna Kirk continues with her themes of landscape, figure, memory and nature – psychological pastel landscapes in her two recent paintings available to view at Blain Southern. They are uniquely detailed and highly charged pastel paintings. See the paintings on our blog here.
The works are available to view by appointment at Blain Southern, Hanover Square, London.
Joanna Kirk’s publication is available through Other Criteria here.
- October 6, 2011 ‘Now & Then’ — A Show of Contemporary Art
September 9, 2010
Miles To Go Before I Sleep
18 September – 6 November 2010
Using her fingers to blend colours and build surface, Joanna Kirk’s pastel paintings relate her experience of motherhood in which beauty is marked out against everyday reality to provide a new perspective on her work and life. A number of the landscapes are drawn from locations in north Wales including Nant-y-Coed, Llanberis and Llanfairfechan.