Joan Phares













Objects or fragments of objects often speak to me. Discovering a discarded piece of barn siding, a machine part, a fragment of an embroidered linen napkin, an old fishing lure, conjures highly charged feelings. Imagining the previous life of the object and hands that touched it is both humbling and inspirational. Functional goods are frequently hidden repositories of beauty. An antique woven metal battery strap is as elegantly designed and executed as a Tiffany bracelet.The iconic sculptural forms of oil cans and intricate beauty of sewing notions are functional and aesthetically under appreciated. Rust, age, dirt, and the environment provide a patina never to be found in today’s synthetic, efficient, disposable products. My artistic goal is to give new life and respect to objects we commonly dismiss, discard, and deem obsolete. I also attempt to create pieces that are visually pleasing and emotionally provocative.