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Joanne VanGenderen

Counter Narrative

As a mixed media artist, my work is an ongoing exploration of curiosity and experimentation. Working on art assemblage is a journey of unexpected twists and turns. Materials are combined or juxtaposed and are chosen for meaning as well as compositional interest.

Perhaps prompted by the division in our country at this moment in time, my current body of work, Counter Narrative, invites the viewer to consider the other side of every story. Viewers are invited to challenge their thinking by considering the invisible nuances that may be lurking between the lines in an attempt to move beyond first impressions.

For example, in the piece Within Reach, one’s first impression may be that an object of love or desire is within the realm of possibility. Delving deeper into the narrative, however, this desire may be misguided, unhealthy, or unrequited. Or perhaps not.

Bio: Joanne is a mixed media artist living in the Capital Region of New York. The quiet beauty of her home surroundings provides a peaceful backdrop to her studio work. Studying both formally and informally, Joanne takes a mixed media approach to her art by integrating favorite art techniques into her work; collage, assemblage, painting and printmaking.

Visit Joanne’s artist website HERE

Joanne’s exhibit would have been on display at Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa, NY for the month of September.  Due to Covid-19 concerns, Brookside Museum will not be open to the public for the time being.  Please enjoy this virtual adaptation of her exhibit. 

Within Reach
found objects, acrylic, paper, wood
13″x8.5″x3″ (ready to hang)
$250

Under Lock and Key
found objects, acrylic, paper on cradle board
10″x8″ (ready to hang)
$150

Age of Innocence
found objects, acrylic, paper on cradle board
10″x8″ (ready to hang)
$150

Unconditional
found objects, acrylic, paper on cradle board
10″x8″ (ready to hang)
$150

Let Me Count the Ways
found objects, acrylic, paper on cradle board
10″x8″ (ready to hang)
$150

My Zoom Background
found and crafted objects, acrylic, paper on wooden shelf
12″x8.5″x2″ (ready to hang)
$150

Sent From Heaven
found objects, acrylic, paper on cradle board
10″x8″ (ready to hang)
$150

Yearning for Freedom 
found objects, acrylic, paper on cradle board
14″x10″x1″ (ready to hang)
$175

Counter Narrative
found objects, acrylic, paper on cradle board
10″x8″x1.5″ (ready to hang)
$150

Pandemic
found objects, acrylic, paper on cradle board
10″x8″ (ready to hang)
$150

Every Moon Has A Story
found objects, acrylic, paper on cradle board
10″x8″x2″ (ready to hang)
$150