Night by Joanne Robertson is a series of pretty paintings of hardcore things in red.
Psychosexual development is a form of real life body horror that intensifies during babyhood and again between childhood and adulthood in adolescence.
In a capitalist society, growth is expected to happen chronologically. The horror is parental and about limited resources: What if the night isn’t safe enough? What if both tits are nasty?
At night you can’t tell the difference between death and the future. Both are ultimately unknown and so is experimental art. Free association connects the past and the present with multiple dimensions of happiness and sadness. Freely associating between teen and baby states is creating images sometimes decorated with sun and nice things, and other times with loss. In adult life the world is your baby.
— Sidsel Meineche Hansen, 2022
Joanne Robertson (*1979) is a Manchester-born artist, living and working in Glasgow. Recent solo exhibitions include Feels, Edouard Montassut, Paris, 2021; Mad Season, Mother Culture, Berlin, 2020; Heart Love, Gallery Malmo, Edinburgh, 2020; Natural Behavior, Svetlana, New York, 2019. Selected group exhibitions include Witch Hunt, Kunsthalle Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, 2021; Speaking Esperanto, Triest, New York, 2021; Mikes, Svetlana, New York, 2020; Klang Halle, FRI ART Kunsthalle, Fribourg, 2018. Her works are included in several international collections including the Deutsche Bank Collection, Germany; UPS Collection, Germany; and Sammlung Sanders, Germany.