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Hairloom and more art by Maria Karametou

Hairloom
12 x 45 inch (h x w)
Synthetic Hair
coat hanger

Inspired by my personal experience and history of migration, mobility, and displacement, my work has always related to the exploration of identity and our personal journey of self-discovery. I work with various materials and cross-disciplinary techniques to examine identity by observing, recording, and interpreting the world around me as I see it.
In the most recent series, I address the relationship between gender and identity. By repurposing mass-produced materials commonly associated with women, such as bobby pins and strands of hair, and using them like needles and threads, I “stitch” intricate designs and patterns that often bring to mind embroideries and weavings.
I make no preliminary studies. I put a few lines in, move back, see what is needed, add a few more, loving the immediacy, the surprise, and the risk. As I incorporate and frequently cut, each individual bobby pin one at a time, the process is labor-intensive and slow, like the handiwork my grandmother taught me to make as a young girl growing up in Athens, Greece. In this respect, these works also relate to textiles and examine the boundaries between art and craft.
What interests me is to uncover the poetry of the commonplace materials I am so familiar with, transform them to explore social stereotypes, and speak about what I know, who I am, what my relationship as a woman is to the contemporary world and, ultimately, about the human experience.

Joan Giordano has enjoyed more than a hundred  museum and gallery exhibitions both nationally and internationally at The National Museum of Art, Santiago, Chile; Museo Del Corso, Florence, Italy; Santa Maria Della Scala, Siena, Italy;  Feminine Dialogue UNESCO, Paris; Art Link Gallery, S. Korea;  Fiberarts Intl, Pittsburgh, PA; Stevens Institute, NJ; The  Holden Fine Arts Center, University of Wisconsin; The  Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; the Knoxville Museum of Art, TN;  First International Women Artists Biennale 2009, Incheon, S Korea; The Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece  and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Crete, Sofia Paper Biennale 20010 in Bulgaria, to mention a few., Giordano’s Solo exhibition and Lecture series traveled to the following venues:  The  Danville Museum of Art, VA; The Longview Art Museum, TX;  Museum of the Permian Basin, TX;  The College of Eastern Utah, Lamar Dodd Museum, GA, The American Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta, GA with an illustrated catalogue essay by Nancy Princenthal.
Joan Giordano is represented BY June KELLY GALLERY in NYC.

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