Johanna Baudou’s work explores the notions of time and space, plunging the viewer into metaphysical windows overlooking horizons. The emphasis is on contrasts, searching how few elements can say many things, and how depth and surface can offer different readings of space - between stillness and movement, lightness and opacity, the tangible and elusive.
She has been playing with elements of abstract minimalist - the grid, the restricted palette and the geometrical forms, to alternative ends, emphasizing the gestural mark, the edge and surface looking for a spiritual depth that is found in the simplicity of its expression.
Her work responds to a desire to question our identity, resisting against the constant striation of space transforming our surroundings in “non- place” and “non-culture” landscapes. She plays with the lines of the horizon and exposes landscapes in their constant mutation, where the horizon becomes a limitless place in our imagination. The lines, grids and squares which lay on the surface of the canvas and disrupt the pictorial space remind us of our bodily presence. She is interested in exploring the transition between different territories from here to elsewhere.