Joanna Ham is a London-based photogram and mixed media 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.
Joanna has always been intrigued by consumerism, informed by her early career spent working in advertising and marketing, and is particularly interested in how we interact with brands, using them as tools for empowerment and expression.
Joanna gained a BA Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford University and has previously exhibited with Liberty London, The Other Art Fair, London Design Festival, Billy Name, The Serena Morton Gallery and Modern Art Oxford. In September 2016 her work was selected for the National Original Print Exhibition by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Joanna has created artwork for Nike, Hilton and Eurostar’s 20th Anniversary. She is also the founder and illustrator of homeware brand HAM.
Press includes; The Sunday Times, Telegraph Magazine, Elle Decoration, Harpers Bazaar, Living Etc, Design Milk and Evening Standard.
Process is key to Joanna’s work. Each piece starts as a mixed media collage which Joanna uses to create a monochrome photogram – a darkroom method where the paper template is exposed directly to light. This unpredictable stage unlocks the image creating a vivid abstract silhouette that Joanna then deconstructs and rebuilds by hand using digital paintbrushes. Once the piece is complete, it’s transferred to silk screen and the final limited edition print is pulled.