Knoxville, TN | Painting, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Drawing
Johanna Winters hails from Minneapolis, MN and received her BA from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to focusing on her studio practice, Johanna competed on an Olympic-development cross country ski team based in the northwoods of rural Wisconsin. She was also the Education Programs Manager at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis, and an Associate Lecturer in Printmaking at UW-Green Bay. In her work she applies modes of printmaking, hand-driven animation, and puppetry to consider ideas about vanity and shame. Recent awards include residencies at Guttenberg Arts in New Jersey and the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Poland. Johanna is the recipient of the 2017 College of Arts and Sciences Thomas Fellowship at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she is currently pursuing her MFA.
Using elements of puppetry, printmaking, and animation, my work behaves as coping rituals for anxieties about aging, vanity, disappointment, shame, and pleasure. Recently this work has taken the form of a troupe of female marionettes and shadow puppets that are well past their first blush of youth. Though confined to withered bodies, these characters possess a capacity to experience delight despite their absurd condition. I am enticed by the ability to manipulate these figures through hand-driven actions, but simultaneously relinquish some control to a realm where these puppets exert a bit of self-determination.