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Joanne  Frances Filletti


Joanne Filletti was born in Toronto in 1963. She studied Graphic Design at George Brown College where she discovered an affinity for drawing, continuing her studies at OCA & University of Guelph. Drawing, sculpture and installation work became the focus of her studio practice.

In between George Brown and Guelph, Joanne developed an interest (accidentally, while acting in community theatre) in set building. By 1987 she had found work at The Canadian Opera Company and shortly thereafter at Hot Sets a set building shop. Since then Joanne has found plentiful employment in film and televisions.

A passion for learning and mentoring Joanne has pursued continuing education in the field of Teaching /Training Adults. She has developed and delivered courses in visual arts and film painting.

Joanne has lived in the Gerrard India Bazaar area for 27 years. She is the director and founding member of Gerrard Art Space, which opened in  2012.


Artist Statement

 I am perpetually captivated by representational imagery as a vehicle to discuss elements of the human condition that confounds, horrifies and moves me. The human figure is especially potent; it is a subject that can be mined for the political, the social and the spiritual components. As I gain a better understanding of subjects that I am compelled to investigate and find so deeply moving, I consequently challenge my perception of what is real and how things actually work and interact. Drawing and installation work are full of possibilities, allowing me to move through a process of discovery that is fluid, constantly changing, responding to new discoveries. For a piece to ever be successful, I must completely surrender to it, paying close attention to the inner workings  and logic that slowly unfolds. 

With each project I  learn something new, something once hidden is revealed and with that more questions. I remain curious.


Upon request.

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