Johanna Winters


Using elements of puppetry, printmaking, and animation, my work behaves as coping rituals for anxieties about aging, vanity, disappointment, shame, and pleasure. Recently this work has taken the form of a troupe of female marionettes and shadow puppets that are well past their first blush of youth. Though confined to withered bodies, these characters possess a capacity to experience delight despite their absurd condition. I am enticed by the ability to manipulate these figures through hand-driven actions, but simultaneously relinquish some control to a realm where these puppets exert a bit of self-determination.