Called “the queen of provocative,” Jo An Callis is a pioneer of color photography and “fabricated images,” revealing seductive, rich, and at times disturbing, interior scenes drawn from her imagination. She studied at CalArts, the center of feminist artistic practice and discourse in the late 70s, and briefly worked at Womanhouse. Her work deals with themes of anxiety and tension within interactions of the body with everyday intimate objects. Her images are at once visually alluring pastel and prim, while also slightly off-putting and charged with a silent violence. Her images force questions of domesticity and interior confinement, as well as sensual use and abuse.
For more, watch Jo Ann Callis, Catherine Opie, and Gay Block talk art, life, and domesticity.