JOANNE F. FILLETTI

I Was Here
I Was Here

section from " I Was Here", 2019 drawing installation

I Was Here
I Was Here

from "I Was Here", 2019 drawing installation

The Space Between
The Space Between

section from "The Space Between", 2015 paper sculpture installation

The Space Between
The Space Between

2015 paper sculpture installation

Space Between
Space Between

2015 paper sculpture installation

The Space Between
The Space Between

2015 paper sculpture installation

The Space Between
The Space Between

part of "The Space Between" drawing installation, 2015

The Space Between
The Space Between

2015 paper sculpture installation

The Space Between
The Space Between

2015 paper sculpture installation

The Space Between
The Space Between

2015 paper sculpture installation

I Am A Renaissance Woman
I Am A Renaissance Woman

2011 From the Pin Up Series 1/5, graphite on gessoed Stonehenge

Death Row Drawings
Death Row Drawings

2006 drawing installation 15 graphite drawings on gessoed board

Murray
Murray

2012 conte on Mylar

Lena
Lena

2012 ink on paper

Gina
Gina

oil stick on Mylar 2012

Lena
Lena

2012 ink on paper

04 - Gary Burris
04 - Gary Burris

2006 1/15 Death Row drawing installation

07 - Odell Barnes Jr.
07 - Odell Barnes Jr.

2006 1/15 Death Row drawing installation

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ARTIST STATEMENT

Drawing is how I see the world, how I make sense of it, how I articulate my profound discomfort in it and how I make my peace with this discomfort and thus retain a mite of sovereignty in it.

 

Drawing and seeing are inextricably linked. It engages me with my environment. It is difficult as there is nothing to hide behind - the maker is laid bare. It keeps me vulnerable and open. It is exhilarating to have such direct contact to mark making. It is as primal and pleasurable for me as playing in sand or soil.

 

I am perpetually captivated by representational imagery as a vehicle to discuss elements of the human condition that confounds, horrifies and moves me. The human figure is especially potent; it is a subject that can be mined for the political, the social and the spiritual components of a condition that is as a trough brimming to full with despair and profound loneliness. As I gain a better understanding of subjects that I am compelled to draw and find so deeply moving, I consequently challenge my perception of what is real and how things actually work and interact. For a drawing to ever be successful, I must completely surrender to it, without judgement, merely to record what I see.