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Joanna Langford

Genre: Contemporary Art

Country of Origin: New Zealand

Dunedin based artist Joanna Langford graduated from Canterbury University in 2004 with a Master of Fine Arts (Painting). She received the 2006 Olivia Spencer-Bower Fellow award and is the 2010 Frances Hodgkins Fellow, Otago University. The artist has exhibited her work in numerous exhibitions. Solo exhibitions of Langford’s work include The Landless, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, 2009; The Beautiful and the Damned, Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, Wellington City Gallery, Wellington, 2008; Twilight Falls, Open window Series, Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, 2008; and The Wanderers, Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland, 2005. Her work has also been featured in a solo exhibition of the work of Joanna Langford, 2009; The Quietening, 2007 and Jitterbug, 2005 all at the Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch.

Like a modern-day alchemist she magically transforms the mundane into the remarkable: recycled plastic shopping bags become cloudscapes; disposable bamboo skewers become spindly skeleton towers and scaffolding; discarded computer keyboards become cityscapes.

Langford’s work is inspired by landscapes – especially romantic ones with magical and mythical possibilities. While there are overt references to cloud-filled skies and volcanic outcrops in her work, her fantastical landscapes are invaded by architectural structures that speak of the urban built environment. The landscape of her childhood in Gisborne remains central to her work, but her travels to exotic, otherworldly places in Iceland, Peru, Turkey and Scotland have also been a rich source of inspiration.

Source: SCAPE and Pataka