Still Life No. 14
19 x 19cm
Resin and Acrylic
Handmade Wooden Bowl
with 1 painted goldfish
JOANNE VILLANI exhibits her works across Australia and Asia. Joanne is a successful artist with over 25 years of experience and sold-out exhibitions throughout her career including AAF Hong Kong 2018 at Emma Hack Gallery.
Nothing in Asia is taken for granted. Every step, every design and decoration is carefully considered before taking form in reality. The Oriental philosophy assign meaning to everything; from how the chopsticks are left at the end of a meal, to the inclusion of ﬁsh ﬁlled water in many places. Visiting Asia, you cannot help but notice ﬁsh are everywhere. You don’t have to go far to ﬁnd a water feature, and quite often there resides a ﬁshy friend or two in most peoples homes. This all comes down to good Feng Shui.
It is believed having knowledge of the natural energies in life can bring good fortune and harmony to a person, hence the Koi ﬁsh are the symbol of good fortune. ‘As ﬁsh bring good energy I decided to harness that within my artwork. I developed a technique of painting Koi ﬁsh in up to 30 layers between clear resin to create a life-like, three dimensional image of a gold ﬁsh swimming in water.’
This journey has taken Joanne many years to develop; she has truly mastered this wondrous technique.