Joan Wulf is a painter and mixed media artist based in Los Angeles who explores the nexus of science and nature through reductive techniques. She focuses in particular on the five elements: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal, which are transformed into collaborators in Wulf’s studio practice. She has variously burned, torched, sprayed, oxidized, ripped, and bent materials in her quest to distill nature to its most basic state. The resulting forms reveal the brutal and entropic processes that mold our natural world and underscore our fraught relationship with its elemental forces.
Selected exhibitions include Themes+Projects Gallery in San Francisco; UCR Arts California Museum of Photography in Riverside; Quotidian Gallery and Jose Drudis-Biada Gallery in Los Angeles; 18th Street Arts Center, Arena One Gallery, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Santa Monica; and Villa Di Donato in Naples, Italy. Her work can be found in many public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She is a select member of the Los Angeles Art Association. Wulf holds a BS from UC Davis and a BFA and MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute.