About A Study of Objects

A Study of Objects is the studio of Jo Anne V. Coruña, a visual artist and a writer. Jo Anne paints objects and writes the stories they tell about who we are, where we are, and why we're here. A Study of Objects is an invitation to explore, to discover, and to learn about the world and the people in it, including ourselves. The work is driven by curiosity and empathy.

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.

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.


A note from Jo Anne

Hello! Thank you for being here. I am Jo Anne and I am a visual artist and a writer. I created A Study of Objects in 2015, after rediscovering the joy of painting the things I see around me. It is not a celebration of materialism, but rather, it is an introspection, a reflection, and a search for meaning by looking at objects more thoughtfully and deeply. One of the most vivid memories I have from childhood is riding a jeepney (a public vehicle in the Philippines) with my mom when I was about seven or eight, and seeing a middle-aged man cross the street, carrying a white plastic bag in one hand and the rest of his things in another. It was just a white plastic bag, with its contents hidden by its opacity, but the man carried it like it was the most important thing in the world. And I wondered what was inside, and I imagined that it was dinner for his family, or a small cake for his kids. And I wondered some more, about his life, about what mattered to him, about love. All because I paid attention to the white plastic bag and how preciously the man regarded it. A simple object that made me think of the most important things in life. Now, I don't have a memory of drawing or painting when I was a kid, but I do have this memory of a white plastic bag and the path it took me on: that of curiosity and empathy. I think that is the origin story of the body of work that you see here. I suppose that is what I mean when I study objects: that I look with intention, I look to understand, and I look for the stories. A Study of Objects is more than a studio. It is a worthwhile pursuit, a natural disposition, a way to live a life. Welcome and I hope you enjoy looking around.

winter, trees, me.

winter, trees, me.