Joanna Hoge

MEDIUM: Drawing, Printmaking, Embroidery

AREA OF INTEREST:  Mind-body Psychology, Human Relationships, Anatomy, Spirituality




My artistic practice is inspired by our complex understanding of the human body: its aesthetic beauty, its mechanistic functioning, and its inextricable connection to personal identity.Driven by an interest in the relationship between physical and mental experience, in 2014 I began researching the field of sensorimotor psychotherapy. This counseling modality addresses and integrates the role of the body in processing psychological trauma. Through my research I have developed a deep appreciation for the internal hierarchies and complex systems that mediate well-being, an appreciation I strive to translate in my work.

Individual stories are translated into visual allegories in which healing and trauma hold space.In discussing how human experience is mediated through the senses, materials prove especially important to my work. As I integrate hand-made paper and collage materials into my compositions through tearing, layering, and embroidering into the fibers, I find a rich analogy to the complexity and fibrous nature of our own bodies. Engaging in these tactile processes allows for further contemplation of what it means to be embodied. I present this idea of an ever-shifting lived experience alongside a scientific understanding of the body’s parts.

Joanna Hoge (born 1989) is an artist and illustrator based in Denver, Colorado. Hoge received her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Louis University in 2011 and  her Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville this past May. Her work has been exhibited both locally and nationally at venues including Reese Gallery (MO), Art Saint Louis (MO), The Edwardsville Art Center (IL), Next Gallery (CO), and The Drawing Room (CT). She is the recipient of several grants including an Artist Residency Grant from the Horned Dorset Colony in Upstate New York (2015), a Research Grant for Graduate Students from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville (2015), and an Artist Support Grant from the Regional Arts Commission in Saint Louis (2015).