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Joan Hall: Hear the Ocean Sobbing

  • Cotuit Center for the Arts 4404 Falmouth Rd. Cotuit, Ma United States (map)

A long time sailor, Joan Hall uses her paper based works to initiate a conversation about ocean advocacy concerning primarily plastic pollution. She is drawn to the tension between control and surrender. Her sculptural works use rich textures and vibrant colors to crate constructions that are reminiscent of undulating currents, algae bloom, and coral reefs creating a vast ocean of meaning symbolism and emotion and ultimately our relationship to the sea. If we listen to the ocean we can hear it sobbing beckoning us to take action.

About the Artist

Joan Hall works in mixed media and large-scale sculptural installations with an emphasis on the materials of paper, glass and metal. Hall Received her BFA at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio and her MFA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She studied papermaking with Garner Tullis at the Institute of Experimental Papermaking and Printmaking in San Francisco. She is known for her innovative approaches to material and process. Hall’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY), Leopold-Hoesch Museum Germany), Newport Art Museum, (RI), St. Louis Art Museum (MO), Museum of Nebraska Art (Kearney, NE), Silkeborg Art Center (Denmark), The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center (San Antonio, TX), George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE), Hillwood Art Museum, (Brookville, NY), Walton Art Center, (Fayetteville, AR), Budapest Museum of Fine Arts (Hungary), Nordjyllands Museum of Art(Aalborg, Denmark), Suwa Municipal Museum (Japan), Municipal Museum ( Nanjing, China), Musée d’ Art (Lyon, France), and the Rijswijk Museum and Apeldoorn Museums (The Netherlands) and the Meadows Museum, (Shreveport, LA). Her work will be included in the European Cultural Center’s “Personal Structures“ a collateral exhibition during the Venice Biennale 2019.

She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards that include two MAAA-NEA individual artist grants and an exhibition grant for her show in Silkeborg from the Danish National Arts Council.

Selected books include: 500 Paper Objects, New Directions in Paper, Papermaking for Printmakers, The Art and Craft of Papermaking, Critical Mass, Papermaking for Printers, Artforms, and the Art of Papermaking.

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Exhibit runs September 7-October 5, 2019
Mon-Sat, 10:00am-4:00pm
Opening reception September 7, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Artist talk at 5:20pm 
Free Admission!

Earlier Event: September 7
Krisanne Baker: Breathe
Later Event: September 7
Saturday Sounds at the Shanties