Joseph is fascinated by the magical power of paint, the power to transform ephemeral imagery into something disturbing or elevated. His paintings are sourced from a wide range of found imagery, taking inspiration from conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East, journalistic photography, and more recently animals such as tigers and elephants. He likes to paint loosely, so that the closer you look, the more the image starts to disintegrate, as if the inherent truth of the image were elusive.
Why Joseph joined this project
I got involved with this project through a love of participatory projects, in which we as artists can form a direct exchange with people in other parts of the world. Although we might not be able to dramatically improve the children’s life chances in an obvious sense, we can give them a feeling of being valued and important.