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About Joanne’s Work

Joanne Bloch is an artist, writer and materials developer living in Cape Town.

Her artwork is based on reconfiguring her ever-growing collection of trashy miniature items – plastic toys, key rings, fridge magnets, beads, pompoms and other ephemeral tat.

Joanne’s work interrogates the world we live in, where an extravaganza of excess co-exists so seamlessly with widespread deprivation and want.

At the same time, she challenges our culturally defined notions of beauty and value, and turns the easy categories of  ‘trashy’ and ‘precious’, ‘throwaway’ and ‘beautiful’ on their heads.