Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Johanna graduated as veterinary surgeon in Germany 1984. Main vet in Loro Parque, Tenerife, looking after 3000+ parrots, chimpanzees, dolphins and sea lions 1986-1988. Head-hunted by Madrid zoo, where she became technical director 1988-1990. Joined the “international zoo veterinary group” in Yorkshire, built up a clinic dedicated to the primary care and second opinion referrals for birds and exotic animals, specialising in their medicine for over 30 years. Currently consultant to “IZVG” and “Worldwide Vets International”, involved for several years in endangered bird conservation projects in India and the Seychelles. Retired and started masters in ceramics program 2017. Planning a 2022 residency in Hungary, three industry placements and 1:1 mentoring by ceramic artists, elevating her practice and developing all her skills. Johanna throws, hand-sculpts, press-moulds, mould-makes and slip-casts, combining all with her love of printmaking. Her research is an intense meditation on death, memory and loss.
Keywords: Meditation on death, Intuitively sculpting, Radiography images, Combining printmaking and ceramic sculpture, Oneiric narrative, Memorialisation of life, Remembrance in death, Memory triggers, Sheperd, Witness, Tacit knowledge of death