My work explores aspects of transience. The contemporary ruin is of particular interest due to its potential to encapsulate time and history, while demonstrating continuity and rupture. In this state, a building is caught between absence and presence, existing in a state of suspension. As I come from a sculpture background, the building-ruin exists for me as both object and process. Recent work has used the mediums of video and photography. In particular, the use of the moving image allows the camera to operate as witness to a building’s situation. The camera’s movement identifies both presence and subjectivity, offering to incorporate the viewer in the act of tracking. A recent video work explores arrival and departure, the unbounded space of the sea and our dependence on the horizon line for navigation and control.
CV & Education
1975-1978 BA (Hons) Fine Art Middlesex University
1978-1981 MA RCA (Sculpture) Royal College of Art
1981-1982 Sculpture Fellowship, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education
1982-1984 M.Phil Fine Art, University of Northumbria
Joanna Greenhill has had a long career in fine art higher education in tandem with her practice as a professional artist. She was Course Director for the MA Fine Art Course at Central Saint Martins 1995-2010 and continues in higher education as a PhD supervisor and examiner.
Professional Practice : Joanna explored the implications of transient work and how artists engage with process in the seminar programme Fugitive Materials at Tate Modern in 2005-6. In 2010 she curated and exhibited in the show Is This All there Is at the Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London. In 2009 she exhibited work in: In Between the Lines : A Survey of British Drawings at Trinity Contemporary, London and New York.
Publications : Joanna published a text on the work of Eva Hesse in 2006, Everything in Eva Hesse’s Work was Different….. in Encountering Eva Hesse, Prestell IBSN 3-7913-3309-7, edit G.Pollock & V.Corby pgs 223-249 and has presented papers on Helen Chadwick and Gabriel Orozco. A recent text in 2013 'What Dust Will Rise From One Horseman? : An empathetic approach' (review of dOCUMENTA (13) was published in INDEX | press issue 2, Spring 2013.
Since moving on from teaching full time, in 2011, Joanna participated in Project 101, a group video exhibition at the LAB Gallery, New York. In 2012 she was part of the Site Festival, Stroud and the Art Site Festival, Walthamstow with the exhibition Doublefold. In November and December 2012 she is installed a text work at Savage School Window Gallery, Vyner Street, London. 'Passage', Joanna's solo exhibition at Ort Gallery, Birmingham took place in March 2013 and in November she collaborated with the artist Christopher Steadman in 'as far as never before/I so weit wie noch nie' in a dual projection at INDEX | gallery, Stroud where Joanna is a co-director.