Joan Jonas

From the late 1960s Joan Jonas has created a groundbreaking series of works that established her as one of the pioneering forces in performance, video and body art. Starting out as a sculptor, Jonas began working with her own body in the late 1960's, finding that performance and movement offered a better way for her to represent image and gestures. She used mirrors as props in early performances as a way of creating distance between performer and viewer that allowed her to explore issues of spectatorship, gender, identity and the fragmented female image.