“Working with paper is visceral
and contemplative for me. The watery process is meditative. The
malleable pulp produces an organic tactile result important to my work
and its metaphoric meaning. Equally important is form and tension.
This I achieve by fusing metal within and around the paper – a
marriage of opposites. For many years I was a painter and printmaker
continually experimenting with materials. Forming hand-made paper
seemed a natural development into sculpture. I have been working with
hand-made paper for 20 years now and still discover exciting new ways
to stretch the medium.”
Joan Giordano received a scholarship to the
Museum of Modern Art and a fellowship to Hunter Collage, both in New York City.
She earned her Master of Fine Art from Pratt Institute, NY. Her work has been
exhibited in galleries and museums internationally.
She has taught painting, printmaking and
design at LaGuardia Community College, Union College and the College of Staten
Island of the City University of New York. She has been invited as a panel
moderator and to present lectures and workshops for universities and
professional artist’s organizations in the United States, Japan, Italy and
France. Joan has severed as a juror for the Department of Cultural Affairs of
New York City, the New York State Council for the Arts and numerous national
museum competitions. A member of the board of directors of New York Artists
Equity, Joan is also listed in “Who’s Who of American Women”.