Joanna Pousette-Dart began making shaped panels while working in the American Southwest. Her perceptions of the Southwest are realized in the physical shapes of her paintings as well as her glowing palette. She has stated that her concern in these paintings was in creating a sense of movement through space as opposed to a fixed perspective. Drawing those changes from line to form and back again, winds through the paintings, interweaving the panels. Thinly built layers of color create shifts in tone, and a variety of media, create surfaces which absorb or reflect light and give the illusion of
movement and change. The mastery behind her painting is her ability to combine these
fluid shapes and physicality of the panels to create a rhythm, sparking in the viewer a meditative state, just as in observing nature.
Joanna Pousette-Dart was born in New York and continues to live and work there. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College, Vermont in 1968. She has held teaching positions at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah (1972-1976), Hunter College, New York City (1986-1999), and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (1997). Her honors include a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1981 and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (1989-1990). Her work has been included in numerous one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and is held in many public collections, including those of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; the Portland Art Museum, Oregon; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City.