Joan Wulf is a painter and mixed media artist based in Los Angeles who reductively explores the nexus of nature and science. She focuses in particular on the five elements: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. Once points of departure for her paintings, the elements have transformed into “collaborators” in Wulf’s studio practice. She has variously burned, torched, sprayed, oxidized, ripped, glued, and bent materials in her quest to distill nature to its most basic state. While her most recent work centers around fire, it extends beyond the singular, incorporating nearly all the elements: smoke as air, carbon as earth, paper as wood. In doing so, Wulf charts the cycle that is the basis for existence, something she calls “that quiet energy that moves through and interconnects all”.
Her work has been exhibited at Themes+Projects Gallery in San Francisco, Jose Drudis-Biada Gallery in Los Angeles, Villa Di Donato in Naples, Italy and the Arena1 Gallery in Santa Monica to name a few. 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 received a BS from the University of California, Davis, a BFA and an MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute where she has also held a teaching position in Painting.