Johanna Poethig makes
work that crosses the private and public realms.
She has exhibited internationally and has been actively creating public
art works, murals, paintings, sculpture, community collaborations,
multi-media installations and performances for 25 years. Her paintings,
sculpture, video and installations reflect her interest in symbol,
satire, society and our colonialist, consumerist culture. Her work
combines a language of symbols with surfaces that break up into layers
and patterns of spontaneity and tight renderings. She produces and
participates in performance events that mix feminism, global politics,
costume, props, cabaret, experimental music and video.
Poethig's most recent
work, "Colonization of the Dreamworld"
investigates the interplay of the conscious and subconscious painted
into the folds of sheets and the shapes of pillows referring to the
obsessions and wanderings of our dreamworlds as they respond to the
messages of our "lifeworld". This work was inspired by the philosopher
J¸rgen Habermas' concept of the "Colonization of the Lifeworld" where
culture, meaning and value is colonized by the instrumental rationality
of the modern marketplace system.
Poethig has exhibited at
The Los Angeles
County Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum, New Langton Arts, The Luggage
Store Gallery, Headlands Center for the Arts, The Lab and Magnet
Gallery Katipunan in Manila and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San
Francisco. She obtained her BFA at UC Santa Cruz and her MFA at Mills
College, Oakland California and lives and works in the Bay Area.