About A Study of Objects
A Study of Objects is a pursuit driven by curiosity and empathy. It is a search for stories, for meaning, for lightness and wisdom. It is not a celebration of materialism, rather, it is an invitation to critically look at the things we own, use, and surround ourselves with, and rediscover their significance, whether practical or sentimental or symbolic. To look at them and beyond them, so we may be able to find deeper knowledge and a more genuine understanding of ourselves, others, and our world.
Objects facilitate and mediate the connection between humans and the physical world, between humans and other humans, and between humans and their own selves. In this light, the artist paints the objects not only to study its physical aspects, but more importantly, to study and ponder on the connections made by these objects, and how these connections impact identity, culture, nature, and a life's purpose.
An important aspect of A Study of Objects is the act of painting the various objects. Painting requires close scrutiny, focused attention, and sincere and sustained interest from the artist. While the artist reads, conducts interviews, and researches the featured objects, the act of painting itself gives the artist a more intimate and visceral experience of the objects, getting the chance to ponder on the stories and contexts that the objects embody. This translates to a richer body of knowledge and fuller pieces of work.
About the Artist
A Study of Objects is the self-designed study of illustrator and writer Jo Anne V. Coruña. For her own projects, she chooses the objects based on observation, research, and reflection. She is most attracted to objects that have rich histories, that provide intellectual and emotional satisfaction to their owners, and those that pique her curiosity and make her ask questions.
While Jo Anne primarily enjoys painting and writing, there are other things in her life that provide much delight and happiness as well. She is a wife to C and a mother to S and L.