Jo Ann Biagini: THICKET
May 7, 2021 – June 12, 2021
Jo Ann Biagini makes layered, mixed-media works on and out of paper. The work in her latest exhibition, Thicket, has its beginnings in books, reflecting her interest in reading and in nature imagery found on the printed page.
She starts by configuring discarded book pages into grids, then builds up layers improvisationally combining shape, color, scale and meaning using drawing, painting, image transfer, collage and sanding. Working surfaces with this additive and subtractive process, Biagini discovers and creates new connections—real and imaginative—among fragmented images, patterns and abstractions.
Complex and compelling, her new pieces evoke a sense of curiosity and mystery about the workings of the natural world and its evolving relationship to the Anthropocene era in which we currently live.
Jo Ann Biagini
Jo Ann Biagini was born in Oakland, CA and earned a BA in Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. She has shown her work at numerous venues including NIAD Gallery, Richmond; Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland; and at the SFMOMA Artists’ Gallery, San Francisco. Her work is included in the collections of Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto; Kaiser Hospital, Hayward; the Alameda County Art Collection; the California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco; and the US Embassy in Djibouti.