Dr Joanne Mills is an artist and researcher, interested in the liminal space between the real and unreal, and an ‘expanded narrative’ between audience, artwork and environment. Her approaches include photography, video, installation and digital media.
The research that she undertakes runs very closely with the work that she produces, focusing on the relationship between audience and artwork. She is interested in creating active spaces in which the spectator can engage, explore or immerse themselves, or which hint at the unknown space beyond – that can be experienced if they choose to ‘step inside’.
As an early career researcher, Joanne is keen to explore the current and future dialogues on immersion and digital practice – particularly in Britain – and to draw parallels between areas of artistic practice and the cultural and heritage sectors.
Her practice engages the gaze and the action of the audience – from reflective photographic works mounted at both eye level and horizontally (Beyond the Mirror (2011)); to projected, interactive installations (A Space of Flowers (2009)); and to immersive installations in Second Life where the spectator is able to explore the work through the use of an avatar (Dysmorphia II (2009)).