Joanna Pousette-Dart (b. 1947) lives and works in New York City. In the mid 1970’s Pousette-Dart began spending time in New Mexico, where she has intermittently gone to live and work over the years. In the 1980’s she spent time in Galisteo and her perceptions of the place noticably affected her work. ”The Galisteo Basin is a vast expanse surrounded by mountains. The main sensation I felt there was the curvature of the earth, and painting within a rectangle seemed increasingly arbitrary—it seemed to turn the experience into a picture. I was taking 360-degree photographs, which I stuck together with tape to create a continuous flattened landscape. In taking the photographs I could see the light changing the interrelationship of all the elements from frame to frame as I was shooting. I began making drawings with the photos in mind, cutting shapes and putting them together and these drawings ultimately led to the shaped panels," explained Pousette-Dart in the June 2008 issue of The Brooklyn Rail.
Joanna Pousette-Dart holds a BA from Bennington College, Vermont (1968). The artist has had recent solo exhibitions at Wiesbaden Museum in Wiesbaden, Germany; Lisson Gallery, New York, NY and Texas Gallery, Houston, TX, as well as a three-person exhibition at MoMA PS1 in New York. Pousette-Dart’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, among others. Her work is included in public collections including, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN and Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.