Joan Fitzsimmons

Studio Building
Studio Interior
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Studio Location
"Cakes.13", Silver print, image size 18" sq.
"Small & Large Thoughts.40", Silver print, image size 18" sq.
"The Woods.01", Silver print w/ bleach and toners, 58" h. x 29' w.
"Plant Life_Wheat Grass.13", Inkjet print, image size 6' h. x 8" w.
"Plant Life_Basil.06", Inkjet print, 6"h. x 8"w.
Artist's Statement

I tend to work on several projects at once. I’ve examined the tenuous, ebbing boundaries between reality and perception. I’ve asked questions about human relationships, the nature of home, my relationship to nature, and the significance of the quotidian. The ordinary act of living is endlessly complex and uncertain. It is through that ordinary that, for me, the world resonates.

I fabricate scenes for the photograph that have verisimilitude but small perceptual shifts give them away. I find existing scenes that have an edge of uncertainty. I play with scale, a further manipulation.


I am a New Haven, CT based artist. As a recent recipient of grants from The Kittredge Fund, The Puffin Foundation and CEC Artslink, I traveled to Poland where, to photograph and perform in a series of videos, the”HalfAWoman trilogy by Jacek Malinowski. Recently my work has been exhibited at The Boston Drawing Project, 10 Years on and Going Strong, Carroll and Sons Gallery, Contemporary Voices in Visual Narrative, Utah State University, and It’s Not Easy, Exit Art. My work is included in the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum of American Art, The William Benton Museum, Storrs, CT, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as, various public and private collections.

MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
BFA, Washington University School of Art