Art and Art History
Title: Adjunct Instructor
Department: Art and Art History
Building: ARC 122
DegreesB.F.A. The University of Texas at Tyler
M.A. & M.F.A. The University of Texas at Tyler
Areas: Beginning ceramics
Joanna Gifford received her BFA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Tyler in 2010, her MA from UT Tyler in 2017, and her MFA from UT Tyler in 2018. Her main field of research is in Ceramics and Mixed Media methods. She is a founding member of the ASG Art Collective and a member of the etx Creatives Leadership Committee. She has worked with local businesses and non-profits to spread art education to the surrounding East Texas community.
Summary of Current Research
I am curious about the manifested imprint of unseen energy. Through my ceramic and mixed media sculptures, sketches, and installations, I am attempting to capture the ephemeral energy of action and create a snapshot of that within the object. I use a personal generative methodology, which is outlined further in my thesis/manifesto Revealing the Metaphysical: Edges/Actions/Layers. My methodology emphasizes the importance of the connection between the physical and the metaphysical realm (the object and the energy, respectively). Through the research, I have discovered that the two are irrevocably symbiotic, simultaneously revealing and being revealed within the other. As the work develops through various processes, I do not adhere to doctrine or ideology, instead allowing experience, curiosity, and meditation to be my guides.