French-born artist Isabelle De Joantho works in figurative multi-media collage, using gesso, acrylic, markers, and found objects. Her playful signature imagery of people, bicycles, and haute couture dresses emphasizes freedom of gesture over technique. The artist cleverly etches words and diagrams into the background of her paintings to tell a story within a story. Residing in the French countryside, De Joantho connects with her materials authentically, filling her works with narratives and time-stamped recycled objects (wire, old hangers, scraps of paper). What may look imperfect–– a childlike drawing, a splotch of paint–– is an essential detail in her artistic story.
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