Iskra Johnson is a scout in the industrial landscape. There she finds a vibrance of life and purpose in the archetypal design of useful things. Trained as a traditional printmaker and calligrapher, she is an innovator in digital imaging, creating work that matches and exceeds the beauty of traditional methods.
A Northwest native, Iskra grew up moving back and forth between a bucolic working horse farm at the foot of Mt. Rainier and a radical political activist home in Seattle’s inner city. She draws inspiration from these early experiences of the extremes of the rural/urban divide and its wildly divergent cultures. In much of her work she explores the emotion of dislocation and the need for sense of place, using architectural forms as metaphor.