Jo-Anne Balcaen

Portfolio

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    Just Chill

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    More Calm

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    Rip Off

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    The Studio

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    Yeah, But

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    Someday

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    Being Creative

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    Sublet

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    More Calm, ink jet on polyprolylene, 2014, 44" x 44". Photo: Paul Litherland

State of Mind (Grumpy Thoughts About Art)

2012 Laser print on card stock and paper, 11" x 17" each, and ink jet on polypropylene, 44" x 44"

Part of the artistic process involves submitting oneself to judgment from peers, juries, critics and curators. Under these circumstances, feelings of insecurity and self-doubt may emerge to impede ones’ creative process. While these experiences are fairly universal among artists, they are seldom discussed as they may be construed as an admission of vulnerability, or worse, failure. This reluctance fascinates me, as it points to larger existential issues that we all face throughout the maturation of our life and career, namely: what do we consider success? How does one perceive failure?

Exhibition history: Monastiraki, Montreal (2012); Window, Winnipeg (2015); The New Gallery, Calgary (2016)

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