JoAnn began as a fine artist, drawing and painting. After 4 years of visual arts at Kootenay School of Art, she spent 6 years studying History in Art at the University of Victoria.
JoAnn has always been attracted to what are termed “the Minor Arts”: textiles, pottery, calligraphy, illumination, tile work and other decoration used on buildings and homes. She has come to realize that her real love is pattern - - patterned fabric, patterned tiles, patterns on baskets and pottery.
JoAnn's sense is that the so-called “minor arts” have always been more important in the lives of all of us than fine art, and that a distinction between “fine art” and “the minor arts” is highly artificial. It didn’t exist until the eighteenth or nineteenth century and only in modern European-influenced cultures such as our own. In the Italian Renaissance, potters were as sought-after and appreciated as painters.
For the past 30 years JoAnn has designed clothing, furniture and sets for community theatre, developed her own style of pottery, learned how to make baskets, jewellery and numerous other techniques. She's travelled to Morocco, New York and California in recent years, and to many parts of the US and Europe, which have all had an influence on how she sees art. For more on JoAnn's art and other interests, you can go to her website, www.joannturner.ca
JoAnn is gradually working back into drawing and painting, but in a non-traditional way, combining painting with other media. For most challenges of the Ripoff Artist, she painted on pieces of wooden furniture. In 2009, she painted on ceramic cow skulls.
We wonder what she will come up with this year . . .