French-born multidisciplinary artist Johanna Tagada lives and works in London and during her journeys.
Her diverse body of work is composed of painting, drawing, photography, film, publishing, sculpture, textile and installation while her practice is intertwined with the notion of happiness and feelings of wellness. Attempting for the visitors of her work to feel less anxious, she focuses on the use of soft colours and shapes, inspired by the way she felt as a child looking at the work of Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. Tagada has since been Nara’s private assistant on the occasion of his talk at Dairy Art Centre, London in 2014.
Johanna's recent and ongoing solo exhibition Épistolaire Imaginaire - Le Refuge is an outcome of her four-year exhibition/conceptual and participative project. It's an installation piece, in which she invites visitors and friends to leave a written note of a simple moment of happiness in one of the pale pink notebooks she handmade, as a constituent of the present.
The audience is given the task to write - anonymously or not, in any language or form - a short memory of a moment of simple happiness. In exchange, participants can take home one the folded letter, part of the piece, written by the artist. The letters are positive, encouraging, simple and meaningful. The piece has in 2015 traveled to IKO IKO Space (USA) on the invitation of Claire Cottrell. For Épistolaire Imaginaire - Le Refuge, the artist embroidered by hand the memories of happiness shared in America inside a large tent she self-made, a shelter - refuge. Trained in art and textiles, Tagada is once more demonstrating her abilities to build bridges between Fine Art and Fine Craft, as she does in her hand folded & bound artist publications. Presenting Tagada’s rich interdisciplinary practice, this exhibition introduces the artist's recent body of work, encompassing painting from Rose et Jaune series, sculpture, drawing, photograph, and film.
Curated by Maureen Doherty and Pascale Harman for Egg (London). The fourth and last part of Épistolaire Imaginaire will take place in February 2017 at Galerie Jean-Francois Kaiser (Strasbourg, France).