Joan Ross works across the platforms of painting, printmaking, video animation, sculpture, installation, and virtual reality. With an interest in the effects of globalisation and colonisation, Joan has a particular focus on reconfiguring the colonial Australian landscape and drawing attention to this complex legacy and ongoing issues surrounding it.
Joan has exhibited widely, both locally and internationally, and has been awarded numerous awards and grants. She won the Sulman Prize in 2017 (and is the judge of the prize for 2022), has been an Archibald Prize finalist in 2021 and 2022, received the Mordant Family Virtual Reality Commission in 2018, and the Glenfiddich Artist in Residency in 2016. Recent projects include designing the hoarding for The Art Gallery of New South Wales' Sydney Modern expansion, and illuminating the façade of The National Gallery of Australia during the 2021 Enlighten Festival.
Joan’s work is held in major public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Kaldor Collection, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and many regional galleries across Australia.