Art & Art History
Voices: Joan Livingstone
400 South Peoria Street
Sculptor Joan Livingstone (born 1948) embraces the physical and material in sculptural objects, installations, prints, and collages. Her abstracted forms reference the human organism and bodily experience, questioning contemporary issues of intimacy, sexuality, and desire. Both hard and soft, whole and fragmented, Livingstone s provocative works ask us to re-consider our knowledge of self and body in relation to time, nature, and culture. Pliable surfaces of cloth and skin, examined through a cultural history of textile, at once expose and obscure, respond to touch, movement, and gravity, and become metaphors for the complexities of human identity.
Livingstone has exhibited extensively across the United States as well as internationally; and her work is in the permanent collections of the Boise Museum of Art, Idaho; the Contemporary Museum, Hawaii; Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin. She earned a BA from Portland State University, Oregon; and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan.</p