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 was born in Oakland, CA and earned an MFA in Ceramics from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at the NIAD Gallery in Richmond, CA. Her work is included in many local collections, including the Alameda County Art Collection and the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She is represented by the SFMOMA Artists’ Gallery. Biagini teaches at Creative Growth in Oakland.
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