Constance Johnson fell in love with abstraction at the age of six moving on to grid based designs by the age of eight. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington State University with an emphasis on painting and printmaking. Her final year was spent at Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan, where she worked with a professional textile dyer using stencils in the “katazome” tradition. She learned about colour, line and patterning and stated cutting her own stencils, a practice that shows up in her works to this day.
She is an obsessive experimenter with the juxtaposition of contrasting and clashing colour. As a composer in colour, she compares her work to musical scores. She enjoys using nesting and overlapping plates to create a sense of perspective into imaginary landscapes.
Prints are by nature two-dimensional but recently Johnson has been pushing the boundaries of printmaking into three-dimensions through the use of multiple folds giving the finished prints topographical qualities that can be explored from different angles.
Johnson works from her Cambridge studio and participates in Cambridge Open Studios. Her work has won awards in the USA and has been show at multiple locations in London.