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Joanna Concejo. Poetry and Beauty

Author: Luisa Bernal

Section: LAB

Date: 07.2012

 

Joanna Concejo. Poetry and Beauty I DRESSLAB
Joanna Concejo. Poetry and Beauty I DRESSLAB
Joanna Concejo. Poetry and Beauty I DRESSLAB
Joanna Concejo. Poetry and Beauty I DRESSLAB
Joanna Concejo. Poetry and Beauty I DRESSLAB
Joanna Concejo. Poetry and Beauty I DRESSLAB

 

Poetry and beauty stream out of every crack that blooms from the pencil at the hands of Joanna Concejo the moment it touches the paper.

The gaze and expression of each of her characters seem to be challenging us to guess what is going through their minds at that precise instance. Innocence, nostalgia, suspicion, curiosity… A huge variety of emotions creep up to contribute to telling a story in each one of her drawings.

Joanna has found a balance that seems hard to achieve: in her work colour acts as the perfect companion that does not steal a glimmer of the limelight away from the black and white she normally portrays her characters with.

When I sent her the following questionnaire with the intention of delving into her influences, I wrote to her in English and was surprised when this Polish resident of Paris asked me to send it back in Spanish. I had to add one more question, and the answer was she is married to a Spaniard, and tries to visit Spain every two years: ‘I need it to go to the village butchers’.

An illustrator that inspires you
There are many, but if I had to choose one it would be Lauren Nassef

A book
One by a Polish author: Andrzej Stasiuk, ‘Jadac do Babadag’ (On the Road to Babadag)

A film
‘Stalker’ by Andréi Tarkovsky

A song
‘Bosa’ (Barefoot) by Anna Maria Jopek

Something you discovered recently that surprised you
That time moves on and that I am getting old… ;-)

What subjects interest you
The human being -their fears, their desires-, then plants, animals and much more!

The best advice you’ve ever been given
Never give up, always keep going

Good advice at a time when just turning the news on make you want to pack it all in…

 

+ info. Joanna Concejo

 

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