Human habits and social behaviour inform an improvised process which combines collage, painting, and installation, sometimes of a public nature and not limited to the environment of a gallery.

Carnivals, makeshift shrines, allotment gardens, protest signage and handwritten notes are some of the found forms of expression which intrigue and stimulate my arts practice. I’m interested in the cultural artefacts and experiences that are created for celebration, mourning, demonstration, worship or survival which allow us, for a brief moment, to journey psychologically within the joy, sadness, meditation and belief, and freedom or dependence of our fellow beings.

What do these artefacts and experiences tell us about the human condition and what is there to learn by analysing the nature of our instinctual creative acts?

Cardboard Castle is my attempt at aiding the creation of an artefact described above. It’s a platform to facilitate societal creative expression by providing simple materials and a 3D cardboard canvas. It’s ephemeral nature has enabled me to recreate the event over 10 years and document a slice of society's shifting priorities and interests. 

In addition to this research I recently spent 18 months working from an allotment shed to observe a micro society and became fascinated by the impulse to plant in rows and grids. I questioned whether this instinct crossed over into social design. Integration draws comparisons between the patterns of planting arrangements created by allotment gardeners to encourage growth and the social segregation patterns which we are currently witnessing at a time of hardening attitudes to both disadvantaged people and immigrants.

JOANNE HUMMEL NEWELL ( b.1982 UK) trained at the Royal College of Art London and was hailed as ‘the next generation to turn its back on Emin and Hirst’s conceptual works’ by the Observer. Joanne has exhibited internationally including 53rd Venice Biennale, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and Jerwood Drawing Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Beers London Contemporary Visions exhibition. Commendations include Head of collections at Soho House, Kate Bryan, as one of the ‘Must see artists at the Other Art Fair’ and the Times Newspaper ‘Picking up a Picasso is one click away'. Joanne  has a growing international collector base and is included in public and private collections in UK, US, Hong Kong, Europe and Australia. 

Joanne is currently represented by After Nyne Gallery, Folly and Muse Gallery, London/Munich and Newblood Art London. Recent selected exhibitions, Art Fairs and short lists include WW Gallery collateral exhibition at the 53rd Venice Biennale, Jerwood Drawing Prize, RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Competition, Shoosmiths Art Prize, The Other Art Fair London and Art MUC, Affordable Art Fair London, Munich with Folly and muse Gallery and Accessible Art Fair Brussels. Press features include the UK Times and Observer Newspaper, Fresh Paint magazine selected by Andrew Salgado, After Nyne Magazine, women in art issue. Joanne has also received a number of Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Awards for temporary installations and projects.

Solo exhibitions include Saatchi Art Lounge, Frieze Week London 2017, The Farmer’s Clock, Hop Kilns Gallery, Isle of Wight 2015, Panic of the Human Fancy, Aspex Guildhall Gallery, Portsmouth 2014 Artist in Focus, Newashgate Gallery, Farnham 2013, Pocket Museum, The Lightbox, Woking 2012.

Group exhibitions and Art Fairs include: Turns on the Tarmac, Sid Motion Gallery London 2017, IM IN THE GARDEN Foal Arts Depozitory 2017, Affordable Art Fair Battersea 2017, The Other Art Fair London and Bristol 2016 - 2018, Porcelain and Paper CAA Gallery London Crafts Week 2016, MK Arts Shoosmiths Art Prize shortlist exhibition 2015, Out of the box, No format Gallery, London 2015, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Burlington Gardens, London 2014, XMAS BOGOF, WW Gallery, Hatton Gardens, London 2013, Spare Parts, The Rag Factory, London 2012, Jerwood Drawing Prize shortlist Exhibition, Jerwood space, London and touring 2012, Say What You See, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth 2012, Afternoon Tea, WW Gallery, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice 2011, Drawing the Line, Aspace Bargate Gallery, Southampton 2010, Anonymous Drawings, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin 2010, Fukt Magazine Presents, Nomas Foundation, Rome 2010, No Man is an Island,The Empire, London 2007.

www.joannehummelnewell.com

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