Joan Ross

Born 1961, Glasgow, Scotland. Lives and works Sydney.


Joan Ross works across a range of mediums including drawing, painting, installation, photography, sculpture and video. Her bold and experimental practice investigates the legacy of colonialism in Australia, particularly in regard to its effect on Indigenous Australians. In just 2017, Ross won the Sir John Sulman Prize, AGNSW, the Inaugural Ravenswood Woman’s Art Prize and was awarded a New Work Grant, Visual Arts Board from Australia Council for the Art. Previously, she has won the 2016 Glennfiddich Artists Residency Prize. Ross’ work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art and a number of regional galleries, university and private collections.

Represented by Michael Reid Sydney and Bett Gallery Hobart.

VR Environment (video documentation of use), Joan Ross & Josh Harle, 2018

Ross’s studio outcomes evolved from early tests working with extending her 2D collage aesthetic into a VR context.  From there Ross and Harle worked to take advantage of responsive aspects of the underlying game engine to create emergent experiences in the experience.