Joan Ffolliott began her formal artistic training at the University of Washington in sculpture and printmaking. She went on to earn her MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. Joan has exhibited her work in numerous shows around the country and she is included in many private collections. In addition to teaching at SUNY Ulster Community College and the Woodstock School of Art, she has been on the faculty at RISD, Sonoma State University, and Wheaton College. She lives and works in Malden on Hudson.
“In both 2- and 3-dimensional work, I am seduced by materials, the evidence of processes, the weight of images, and the play of the formal elements. My inner narrative drives the decision-making. I start with a formal or conceptual problem and then let the give and take of working on the piece inform the outcome and the ultimate content.
In my current work, I am investigating the emotions around relationships, both with self and other. Yearning, anger, fantasy, delusion, grief, and love… states of being sometimes outside of our control but embedded in our minds and bodies, giving us strength, and taking it away.
By combining elements in layers through various drawing, printmaking, painting, and collage techniques, I am attempting to create pictures that provoke the viewer to contemplate these multifaceted states of being.”