At the end of July 2023, Simone Kussatz, freelance art critic and founder of the contemporary art blog "Arete", met Joe Neill in his studio in Bagnolet near Paris. Photographic tour of the studio and interview with the artist.
Finally, rather than remaining mystified in front of the seeming mystery and strangeness of this piece, I suggest, that by using the symbols presented, the spectator can find the key to enter into a different world, the imaginary one of the artist.
I grew up in a small town in the “rust belt” in the heart of Pennsylvania. The industrial context and the many activities associated with this region formed my first memories and images of the surrounding countryside. The factories were the “lifeblood of the boroughs” but were then dismantled and destroyed by the same people who worked in them. The trauma of this experience has left its mark on my current work