Born in Canada in 1993, Johanna Stickland’s first engagement with photography was as a model during her teenage years. Her experiences in front of the camera left a mark on her own artistic work, and informed the kind of portraits that she wanted to take.
Her images of women are dreamlike and delicate, full of straying limbs and soft, draping light. She displays her subjects in states of vulnerability- naked, asleep, or lost in contemplation-aiming to find beauty in the unconscious language of gestures. Above all, Stickland strives for intimacy and honesty in her portraiture which often situates women in interior settings. Stickland’s photographs gently riff on the established trope of depicting women within the domestic sphere to produce images that present a quiet and emotive interiority.
Stickland’s work has been in featured in numerous publications including EXIT Magazine, Vision Magazine China and Metal Magazine and her work is held in collections across the world including Australia, France, Canada, the United States and Germany.