JoAnn Ugolini’s paintings and collages are a lifelong meditation on the relationship between gesture and meaning, simultaneously affirming and undoing. Focus is on both the breakup and building of layers, interrupted and interspersed, reflecting the contradictions and ambiguities of everyday life.
Collages are constructed from fragments of paintings or Roman posters pulled from contemporary Roman walls. Fragments are pasted one over another, building strata of time and language, interrupted messages, suggestions of images, and spontaneous fields of color.
A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ugolini lives and works in Berkeley, California, and Rome, Italy. She has exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Rome and is represented by Barbara Anderson Gallery in Berkeley.
As part of a collaborative Artist’s Book, S E C O N D Language, with poet, Kathleen Fraser, Ugolini produced a series of collages while working as a visiting artist in a shared studio at the American Academy in Rome. The original book is in the Special Collections at the Beinecke Library (Yale University).