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April Zanne Johnson

April Zanne Johnson is a visual artist who is interested in pulling subconscious imagery to the surface within the early stages of development and process through autonomous application, and subsequently manipulating the form into a desired subject matter.

Johnson’s body of work revolves around creating parallel planes existing within internal and external environments. Reoccurring themes include predictive coding, pareidolia, technology in comparison to the natural world and hallucinatory landscape imagery. Johnson’s work frequently reflects women’s issues, both past and present, as well as concerns for human rights in an age of digital communication.

The intention is to engage with the viewer's own neurological predictive coding, provoke questions and generate communication.


April Zanne Johnson (b. 1970) is a graduate of Parsons School of Design/The New School for Social Research (1993) and received her M.F.A. at Montclair State University (2013). Her studio is in a rural northwest community in New Jersey.
April's work has been added to the permanent collection of the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn, NYC. She has work held by several private collectors in Mexico City, New York City, North Carolina, Los Angeles, London and Australia. Honors include; Best of 2013, Saatchi Art, London U.K., curated by Rebecca Wilson, spotlighted in the series: One to Watch.

April was awarded Herhusid Artist Residency in Iceland. She was the Dedalus Foundation Fellowship Nominee as well as the Nominee for Executive Women of New Jersey Graduate Merit Scholarship Award chosen by the Montclair State University graduate faculty (2012,2013). Inka Essenhigh selected April for the Atlantic Center for the Arts Artist Residency in 2015. In 2016, April was included as an IASAS Founding Member. Recently (2020) The Circle Foundation for the Arts in Lyon, France has selected April as a finalist for the Artist of the Year Award.

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