Joanna Kambourian is an Australian born designer, printmaker and multi-dimensional visual artist of Armenian American heritage.
Throughout her creative practice, Kambourian explores, experiences and examines the idea of ‘hybrid hyphenations’ within contemporary cultural and social identity.
Through a variety of mediums, digital prints, serigraphy, and 3D works, Joanna explores motifs, imagery, ideas and crafts typically from Armenian Culture; re-represented in a more familiar, current context.
Weaving, craft and graphic patterns feature strongly in her recent works, alongside stories of imagined ‘heroines’ from Armenian Folklore, told through re-appropriated images, deliberately obscured, concealed and distorted.
Her work continues to document an ongoing journey, a search for identity and belonging from a multicultural perspective that crosses generations and encompasses the diasporic experience. Her work illustrates this complex heritage through a multi disciplinary practice.
Art Practice Keywords:
Artist, Print Maker, Designer, Street Art, Mural Designer
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Collaboration/ Collaborator names Keywords:
Lismore Artspace 2010-2017, ARI Remix Project 2014-2022, Willowbank Studio, Epicormia Collective 2014-2017
Various Private & Public Collections
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1994 | Assoc Dip Graphic Design, Enmore Design Centre TAFE, NSW
2003 | Cert. III Visual Arts & Marketing, TAFE NSW
2006 | Senior Printmaking, PRATT Institute, Brooklyn, NYC 2006 Dean’s List
2006 | Bachelor of Visual Arts, Southern Cross University, NSW 2006 KASKE fellowship award winner
2009 | Bachelor of Visual Arts (HONS 1st class) Southern Cross University, NSW
07-19 | Creative Director & Graphic Designer, Ms Browns Lounge, Lismore NSW
10-18 | Studio Manager, Lismore Art Space, Lismore NSW
2012 | Casual Academic, Printmaking, Southern Cross University, NSW
2008 | Casual Academic, Digital Art & Design Southern Cross University, NSW
May 19 | Façade – Gallery DownTown, Tweed Regional Gallery, NSW
Mar 19 | Bimblebox 153 Birds – Gladstone Regional Art Gallery, QLD
Feb 19 | SUMMER MIX – Poly Gone Cowboy, Brisbane QLD
Nov 18 | #PRIZENOPRIZE – The Walls, Gold Coast QLD
Dec 17 | Road Trippin’ – Site Specific Installation, ArtState, Lismore NSW
Dec 17 | The Outpost – Pop Up Exhibition, Lismore NSW
Nov 16 | See me as the Missing Parts (SOLO), No Comply, Toowoomba QLD
Dec 15 | PASTEMODERNISM 4 – amBUSH gallery, Sydney, NSW
Sept 15 | 2015 Fremantle Print Award Finalist – Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
June 15 | Girls Night, St Thomas Studios, Gold Coast QLD
May 15 | Ms Browns Lounge (Kambourian & Bryant) – Poly Gone Cowboy, Brisbane QLD
Jan 15 | Artists from MARS curated by Alison Mooney– Powerhouse, Brisbane QLD
Nov 14 | Plants & Memories – Velvet Milk Group Show, the Grid, Toowoomba QLD
Jun 14 | DUO: Learning the Ropes – Lismore Regional Gallery NSW
Jan 13 | in (two) art – The Agapitos/Wilson Annual 2010, Goulburn Regional Gallery, NSW
Oct 12 | Lessons in History Vol. II – Democracy – grahame galleries+editions, QLD
Jun 12 | in (two) art – The Agapitos/Wilson Annual 2010, S.H Ervin Gallery Sydney, NSW
Sep 11 | Footsteps – 16 Northern Rivers Printmakers IMPACT7, Monash University, VIC
Apr 11 | fair & square – curated by Rona Green, Joyes Hall Gallery, CSU, NSW
Nov 10 | 2high Festival – Live screen printing/installation, Brisbane Powerhouse QLD
2018 | Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami, USA, “Costumes of the Russian Court Vol. 2”
2015 | Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, Harvard University, USA. “Nauru” Artists’ Book
2013 | Australian Library of Art, State Library of QLD, “Ms Browns Lounge Zine Folio”
2011 | Charles Sturt University, “fair & square”, Print folio curated by Rona Green
2008 | Artspace Mackay, QLD “Costumes of the Russian Court Vol. 1” Artists’ Book
2007 | Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland “Postmarks 1” Artists’ Book
2017 | Marciniak, Catherine: Interview with Joanna Kambourian, Back Alley Gallery Lismore
2017 | Tofighian, Omid (Editor): Transcultural Imaginations, University of Sydney Publication, p19
2012 | Clark, Julie. Arts Northern Rivers InFocus, Regional Arts newsletter April, feature.
2011 | Oppen, M. & Lyssiotis, P. “The Silent Scream” Exhibition publication: p122, 123.
2010 | Eisenberg, J. & Kersey, S., ‘in (two) art’ exhibition catalogue, p11, 12
2008 | Pavlou, K. & James, T. “Family Footsteps: Armenia”, subject of the documentary series ABCTV
2010 | Art Start Recipient, Australia Council for the Arts
2006 | KASKE Fellowship Award Winner, Southern Cross University, NSW