mariah anne johnson

Movement

Since I began working as an artist, I have been interested in narrative, memory, domestic life, and the effect of place on our perception of these topics. However, changes both personal (having a child, reengaging with modern dance after 15 years) and global (political unrest, climate change), have pushed me to look outside this familiar territory. I have rediscovered my body as a material for art making: my physical self can be my most direct tool for exploring the world around me.

I can use myself to define boundaries, to fill spaces, and to call attention to natural phenomena. Coupled with drawing, my movements create an intuitive, empirical, and phenomenological basis for art making in the landscape.

Made in response to California’s Safer at Home order during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020.
Made in response to the architecture and surroundings of Centro Negra, the art center of AADK in Blanca, Spain, 2019.
Made in response to the studio courtyard wall of Centro Negra, the art center of AADK in Blanca, Spain, 2019.
Made in the studio courtyard of Centro Negra, in response to the morning church bells and other sounds of Blanca, Spain, 2019.
Made in response to patterns of sun and shadow in artist’s apartment, 2018.
Part of Backyard Sublime: Meadow Project, 2018.
Part of Backyard Sublime: Meadow Project, 2018.
Made for darlingdance’s Tiny Dancers: Cohabitation Edition performance, 2018.
Performative drawing made in response to cobblestone courtyard, Viborg Kunsthal, Viborg, Denmark, 2016.