Joan Elena Goldberg was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1958. She received her BFA in painting and drawing at Cornish Institute of the Arts in Seattle, WA in 1983. In 2002, she completed her Master´s Degree in Ceramics at Instituto Allende, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
In 1989 after spending a year living in Puerto Rico and studying at the Arts Student´s League, her work took a radical shift from narrative 2 dimension on paper to 3 dimensional, representational sculpture in clay. The ceramics surface decoration techniques employed at The Art Student´s League during this time captured Ms. Goldberg´s imagination to such a degree, that she has spent the next 18 years developing her own methods with the same materials. It was also during this stay in Puerto Rico when she developed a fetish-like attraction to rusted metal, especially to decaying nails and wire.
The results of her explorations in medium, found objects and imagery have resulted in a fascinating retrospective of work that challenges the physical eye as well as the internal one. Mostly referencing her own life experiences, we are offered a unique glimpse into the heart and mind of this sometimes controversial artist.