There Will Come Soft Rains, 2021, 30 X 24.5″  

This week we are featuring work from JoAnne Lobotsky, a Bronx-based artist who grew up in a working-class family on a small farm in upstate New York. She graduated with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC with honors and also studied at the Art Students League in NYC. She has been a practicing artist for over three decades. Imperfection, abjectness and roughness coinciding with beauty and a kind of humble elegance are the main goals for her work. She often uses non-traditional materials in her work to achieve texture and the element of surprise.

The Reunion, 2021, 31 X 19″

Lobotsky’s work also, in the manner of construction and materials, feels to her like a rebellion against economic entitlement and our class system (which can seem like an exclusive club to those of less fortunate backgrounds), and strives to become accepted on its own terms within its own limitations and imperfections. In this way, art-making becomes a transcendence of her personal history.

Rescued, 2021, 30.5 X 25.5″

Lobotsky has exhibited in the United States and Europe and her work is in private collections. Currently, some of her work is displayed on Odetta Digital: Spring 2021 Page Turner show, which is featuring works on paper on Artsy through June 10. In August, she will have a solo show at Atlantic Gallery in Manhattan. See more of her work on her website and Instagram page.

Are you an artist? We would love to see what you have been up to, particularly work that has been inspired by the last 14 months. To submit a poem, short story, artwork or any shareable experienceemail us some samples of your work, plus a bio and personal statement.  If your work is selected, we will pay you $100, and you’ll become part of our growing network of artists.

Nitin is a visual designer, gallery artist, and community arts activist. Past desk-oriented posts include: PBS, Digitas, K12, Inc., Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Sesame Workshop International....

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