A quick update: my back is getting better! I have less pain and more mobility. I’m taking it slow and being careful. I promise.
I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time. In fact, I contacted this artist a while back for permission to write about her. Life intrudes, of course, and its craziness sometimes takes over. Having said that, I have been reading this book:
Have you seen it? It is a fascinating look at artists, what they collect and how they use those finds in their creations. I’d seen this book on a few blogs, most recently at Lisa’s, and it does not disappoint.
There, upon the page, was Joanna Pierotti, the artist I spoke of earlier in this post. The universe has given me a little poke and I am duly reminded.
I don’t know how I first discovered Joanna’s work, though it was most likely during that process of link-hopping in which we all engage. Joanna is a mixed-media artist whose work is simply beautiful. She creates collages, journals and the most heart-stoppingly beautiful art dolls I have ever seen. Art is subjective, of course, and each of us responds differently to it. When I saw one of Joanna’s art dolls, I felt Cupid’s arrow pierce my heart. I couldn’t stop looking at her creations. I scrolled through all her posts – present and past. I haunted her shop. I wrote her a fan letter.
Let me show you some of her work. (All photos are the property of Joanna Pierotti.)
This doll – the one I write this caption for – broke my heart with its beauty. It sold very quickly, of course, so I didn’t even have the chance to contemplate gathering all my spare change to buy it. But you see why I wanted it with all my heart, don’t you? I don’t know if I can explain the feeling I have when I look at this creation, but I’ll try. My heart is touched deep within. I feel a kick to my solar plexus. Some day I will find a way to own one of Joanna’s art dolls. I will be the first one to click ‘buy’ and one of these stunning creations will be on its way to me.
Oh. my. goodness. How does she do it? I don’t know. I do know she is blessed with extraordinary talent.
Joanna has just moved from her home in California to a new home in Arizona. Her husband was critically ill this past year and I hope that their beautiful new home surrounds them with peace and healing.
To see more of her work, please visit Joanna’s blog, JoAnnA’s Art Journal. From there you will be able to visit her Etsy shop, see her art doll archives and view more of her mixed-media creations.
I also wanted to mention the lovely Jen Kershner, of The Cottage Nest, who featured me as her Reader of the Week. Thank you so much, Jen! Please stop by and visit Jen’s lovely blog. I’m a longtime fan.