Foggy, oil on canvas, 67 x 47 inches, 2013.
Marsh Litter, oil on board, collage & bikini under plexiglass, 27 x 33 inches, 2013.
Cocoons, Installation with dolls, bassinet, fabric, sea grass, painting on canvas, misc., 2014.
Cocoons, (detail), 2014.
Over the years I have expressed my ideas in a variety of artistic forms. In the past the medium has been pastels and oil paintings, using furniture with human qualities as the subject matter. I am now combining Cape Cod images and human figures to convey similar ideas through oil paintings, terrarium type containers and installations.
My present paintings depict popular spots as well as out of the way places at Cape Cod, where humans are a part of the natural world, along with all other living creatures. My images show that there are pleasant discoveries but also dangers lurking in and around the Cape waters and landscape, which I present in a surrealistic way. The installation which accompanied my 2014 show at Kingston Gallery had embryonic humans developing in cocoons. They were dangling from the ceiling, coming to life in the manner of insects. I once again came back to the theme of the connection between humans and nature. The combination of the materials, the controversial theme and the way the Cocoons exhibit was presented, made the work both beautiful and disturbing.
Besides exhibiting at Kingston Gallery since 2003, Joan has been a participant in a variety of invitational and juried shows, such as Claiming the Spirit at Brandeis University, Close to Home, a juried exhibition at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, Connecticut and More Unique Seats at The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury. She has received many awards, including the exclusive finalist award in works of paper from the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Artist's Grant Program. She has been reviewed in Art New England, The Boston Globe and her work was the cover story of Middlesex Beat.
Joan has lived and worked in the Boston area since 1995. She graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in art education and has supplemented her education in Charlotte NC, London and Boston, including courses at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her studio is at River Street Artists, part of Waltham Mills Artists Association in Waltham, MA.
The Marshes, June 1-26, 2016
Details, June 3-28, 2015
Out and About + Cocoons, April 30-June 1, 2014
The Marshes, June 5-30, 2013
Sit & Be, April 4-29, 2012
Shade... no Shades... no Shadows! April 4-29, 2012
Kingston Gallery Annual Members' Exhibition, August 31-October 2, 2011
Press Releases + Media
"The Marshes, by Joan Baldwin." Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Outloud. June 2, 2016
Joan Baldwin's The Marshes Presents Surreal Glimpses of the Wildlife of Cape Cod
Elizabeth Michelman, "Bucolic Innuendo." Artscope. May/June 2016, Reviews: p.30.
Shana Dumont Garr, "Nature in Flux: A Studio Visit with Joan Baldwin." Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, May 18, 2015.