Joan Giroux is an interdisciplinary artist, activist and educator, whose work takes the form of discrete handmade objects, digital photomontage, kinetic sculpture, installation, full-scale theatrical productions and community interventions. In her latest work, Giroux translates aspects of care-giving in domestic and institutional settings to frame reflections on diminishment, frailty, vulnerability, loss and death. Giroux has shown in the United States and abroad, and performed in Berlin, New York, and Korea. In 2000, together with Lisa Kaftori, Giroux founded the artist collective Compassionate Action Enterprises to raise awareness and cultivate understanding by developing creative art strategies that address specific issues challenging the future sustainability of our world.
Giroux received an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College and BFA in Fine Art from Parsons School of Design, and studied at Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste. Giroux has researched and published on the scholarship of teaching and learning in studio arts and design education with a commitment to education grounded in the liberal arts, social practice and civic engagement.