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February Artist | Joha Bisone | Internal Places/Suspended Flows | Works on wood + paper

February 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 14th – March 24th

Opening Reception: Friday, February 14th, 2020, 6-9 PM

About the Artist:

Joha Bisone was born in Menomonee Falls, WI in 1981. She grew up in the woods, having nature and wildlife her main entertainment. Moving to Milwaukee for high school, she excelled being surrounded by other creatives. Near the end of senior year in High School Joha was chosen to participate in the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts competition in Miami, FL. From there she decided to pursue an art career and completed her BFA in Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2003. Since then she has participated in numerous exhibits, group shows, collaborations, art/craft shows, and recently published in a book. Joha mostly paints in watercolor, enjoying the fluidness and unpredictability of the medium. She creates organic landscapes, infusing patterns from nature among many other inspirations and transforms it into its own world. Joha lives and works in Kansas City, MO.


Artist Statement                                                                         

I imagine what it would be like to be inside my paintings, whisked into a world of bright colors, textures, organic shapes and repeating patterns. Throughout these elusive landscapes, fluid brush strokes dance next to delicate details and distinctive lines. Inspiration is absorbed through the never ending supply from the natural world. My exploration has lead to an ongoing series revolving around the intricacies of patterns in nature, specifically enthralled by the markings and coloring of birds and fish. Combing this visual dialog, while exploring the contrast between fluid space vs structure and color vs line, resulting in somewhat surreal environments.

A parade of pastel marks or stealthy placements of colored pencil interweave itself with the paint, filling my need for mark making. I tend to favor one or two colors to act as a dramatic force that pulses through the work. Intuition and curiosity lead the way. With patience the piece slowly reveals itself to me. There is an internal motion that subconsciously moves throughout the work. I feel as if the piece was animated the imagery would kinda just dance off the paper! I never know exactly what the final outcome will be. I do know it is done when there is a nice balance of chaos and calm, just like nature. Future work will be focused on size and thoughts of three dimensional sculpture. To submerge myself into something larger than my body makes me giddy!

The reality of actually walking inside the painting could come true!


February 14
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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