Joanna Ham is a London-based artist whose work seeks to explore the individuality of the modern woman with particular reference to popular culture and its overwhelming influence on our everyday lives.
Process is key to Joanna’s work. Each piece starts as a meticulously crafted mixed media collage made from magazine cuttings, adverts and drawings. This is then transformed into a monochrome photogram – a darkroom method where an object is exposed directly to light on photosensitive paper. This unpredictable stage unlocks the image creating a striking abstract silhouette which Joanna then goes on to deconstruct and rebuild electronically. It is at this point she adds the face, expression and accessories – fine details hand drawn from her imagination to suit the mood of the figure. Once the piece is complete, it’s transferred to silk screen – returning the image to its original form of half tone dots, a technique used by newspapers and magazines. Joanna then works with Head Printer, Marco Lawrence, to pull the final limited edition print.
Joanna Ham gained a BA (Hons) at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University. She has previously exhibited at Liberty London, The Other Art Fair, London Design Festival and Modern Art Oxford. Her HAM animal motif series can be found here.
Press includes The Sunday Times, Design Milk and We Heart.