Hear the Ocean Sobbing

Joan Hall:  Hear the Ocean Sobbing

A long time sailor, Joan Hall uses her paper based works to initiate a conversation about ocean advocacy concerning primarily plastic pollution. She is drawn to the tension between control and surrender. Her sculptural works use rich textures and vibrant colors to crate constructions that are reminiscent of undulating currents, algae bloom, and coral reefs creating a vast ocean of meaning,  symbolism and emotion and ultimately our relationship to the sea. If we listen to the ocean we can hear it sobbing beckoning us to take action.

Cotuit Center for the Arts

Installation: Hear the Ocean Sobbing 2019
11’ x 32’ (132” x 384”)

Hurricane Drawings 2010
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5
Made up of individual components

Hull Cove 2019
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8
Digital print, handmade paper, laser cut steel

By the Sea 2019
#1 #2 #3 #4 #5
Cast Handmade Paper

Fading Forest of the Seas 2008
Handmade paper, Mylar, solar plate and collagraph printing

Global Warming: Algae Bloom 2016
Handmade paper, Mylar, acrylic, handmade cast pins of glass

Tangled in Blue 2019
Handmade paper, Mylar, acrylic, handmade cast pins of resin and detritus

Olympic Blob 2018
Handmade paper, acrylic, Mylar, pulp painting, collagraph, cast resin pins, laser cut steel

One Sailor’s Course 2007-2019
Handmade paper, Mylar, acrylic

Your Existence is Not Unlike My Own 2010-2019
Handmade paper, acrylic, Mylar, pulp painting, printing, cast glass pins

Swimming With the Silent Killer 2005
Handmade paper, acrylic, collagraph, Mylar