In her recent works Joelle searches for the tone of our distinct present, as she feels there is a hollowness that pervades.Her drawings keep in mind our environmental crisis and other modern dilemmas, in hope to find that which is still sacred. Often Joelle looks to recent past centuries to illuminate what charm existed then, with potential of transporting that same romantic spirit to our present. The objective through her works is to provide an authentic emotional account of our present, forgoing ideals of ascension to human perfection or attempts at avoiding current circumstances.

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The Art World Today has lost it's sense of morale. As it has always been and will remain to be, the art world, thus, perfectly and adequately is a reflection of Society’s heartbeat, or in this case, a lack thereof. If you would like evidence, a Tech Start Up Founder under the title of Matty Mo decided after a bad car accident on the Autobahn that he would become the worlds most famous artist. He is now very well known through the simple purchasing of the domain “Who Is The Most Famous Artist”. In line with his first hand testament, he knew that the far too easily persuaded average viewer would fall for a simple facade with minimal effort, just genius digital marketing. Appropriation is at War with Authenticity. In the Age where Jeff Koons has capitalized on the art of borrowing, while facilitating the shift of the art market to become more aligned with the runway, where do you stand? I encourage you to ask yourself what makes you not feel confident, but kind. This is a plea for authenticity. Which will come first; a more healthy and livable civilization or a more authentic art world, one that is filled with heart? Wassily Kandinsky believed that artists lead the way. I encourage you to follow me to becoming more kind, to taking the courage to step out of line and think critically about your own tastes and your own moral code. You will either become a leader of the art world, a leader in your own community (global or small) or all of the above.


About Joelle Provost

Joelle Provost is a painter who has been steadily emerging into the American art scene over the past decade. Recently her work was featured in the Museum of Northern California. This summer she is headed to the Tokyo International Art Fair.

She holds a MFA in Studio Art and Integrated Media from Brooklyn College. She has won several awards for her work including Most Outstanding Artist Award, University of California at Davis (2010), and the Charles G. Shaw Award, Brooklyn College (2014 and 2015). Provost has dedicated herself to using her art as a means for communicating issues of Environmental degradation. 

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