Research based visual artist often using craft techniques, inspired by journeys over land, sea and through time, combining fact, fiction and folklore. My artwork is varied, and is as much at home in museums as art galleries, and am the recipient of an ‘Iconic Artists in Iconic Places Award’ from Museum Galleries Scotland and Creative Scotland.
My artwork takes inspiration from our heritage. As both participant and instigator of arts and heritage projects and collaborations, I have worked and exhibited in Taiwan, South Korea, Iceland, USA, Canada, Estonia, Catalonia and the UK while also exhibiting in Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Oman, Kuwait, Dubai and Saudi Arabia.
Keen to learn traditional skills, research local stories, learn about conservation and care of objects, I enjoy finding inventive ways to attract new audiences while adding new information to artefacts of which little is known. By invitation, I gave a presentation about my work for the Botanical Society for Scotland at the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh (RBGE) and exhibit in their John Hope Gateway Gallery, I was also invited by the British Lichen Society to give a presentation about my artwork at their AGM, the venue was again, the RBGE. Selected twice as artist-in-residence for Newfoundland and Labrador Crafts Council in Newfoundland where I was also and invited as key-note speaker for their conference ‘Using Crafts to Tell a Story’ .
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Joanne B Kaar
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Thurso, Caithness, Scotland, uk