Joan Raspo is a California-based multimedia artist who is obsessed with illusion. She strives to “trick” the viewer’s eye to see reality through the lens of magic. Her belief is that art is an opportunity for discourse and engagement. Her multi-faceted art practice is crafted to build drama and tension that invites interaction with you. The most notable and appealing aspect of her paintings is their extremely tactile nature. The goal of Raspo's practice is to include the viewer—all her work tells a story that is only complete when you engage with it.
Raspo works in a variety of cross-disciplinary practices including painting, design, digital media, sculpture, and creative coding. Her intention is to create work where art and science combine and are expressed artistically. Through visceral explorations of perception, sensation, and attention, Raspo explores issues and questions around identity, form, ritual, and pop culture.
Joan Raspo is a graduate of the MFA program at UC Santa Cruz in Digital Art and New Media. Before moving to Santa Cruz, Joan lived in New York City where she carved out a career in commercial directing and teaching at Parsons The New School of Art.