Joanna Weir’s creative practice incorporates drawing, painting, collage, mask making and writing. Following a brain scan Joanna used the MRI images to investigate neural pathways, lines to her, which in the right environment can adapt to new functions or completely reform. Her practice investigates how the line connects one space to another as it journeys through folds and curves creating varied geometry.
Joanna compared the similar processes of neural pathways with flora and fauna adapting to new environments and hemispheres. This research led first, to a series of maps of the Mornington Peninsula referring to the charts of French explorer Nicholas Baundin, 1800-1803. Secondly, to a series of Skulls and Flora.
Language and a fascination with text and neon lights inspired a number of projects referencing the Abbotsford ‘Skipping Girl Vinegar’ sign designed by Jim Minogue during the 1930’s. This is one of Melbourne’s most loved and iconic pieces of signage. This is an ongoing series.
Joanna has taught at Victoria University and Melbourne Girls Grammar. She has worked with students from year 3 to year 12 as part of the Artist in Residence Program and regularly runs workshops. She volunteers with the KOALA KIDS Foundation and is extremely proud to be a part of the Peter MacCallum Radiation Mask Therapy Team. This program is supported by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the KOALA KIDS Foundation. The Team received the 2019 Victorian Minister for Health Award for Innovation.
Joanna practices from her studio in Richmond ably assisted by her Labrador Gordon.
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