INSIGHT Art Talk: Joelle Ford
November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm | FREE
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Joelle Ford discusses her work and exhibition.
I began studying art at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1961, and completed my BFA degree with Honors from the University of Kansas in 1999, thirty-eight years later. Between those dates, I married, worked as slide librarian for the art and architecture department at the University of Arkansas while my husband obtained advanced degrees, had four daughters, and participated in many art-based volunteer opportunities. I worked on our rental property by knocking out walls and painting, refinished furniture, and sewed clothes and costumes galore. These activities provided valuable experience and a foundation for my work in mixed media – collage and assemblage.
My work consists of the utilization of found objects. This has been my focus for many years – really my whole life. My parents and grandparents, who lived through the Depression, taught me how to make doll beds out of shoe boxes and clothes from feed sacks. The habit of finding value in unwanted or undervalued items continues in my work today. I have made art from gloves, paint can lids, embroidery hoops, ruined paintbrushes – items that some see as junk and I see as idle art. I find it challenging to work with found objects, and especially multiples.
After collecting several objects deemed interesting, and realizing the potential for obtaining many more, a hunt begins. Estate sales, thrift stores, friends, and family are my favorite sources.
In my studio and art history classes, I learned that art evolves. New materials and new ways of implementing ideas have become the focus and basis of my work. —Joelle Ford