Staff Show 2019: Joel Vincii

In this series, we highlight participants in This Is My Day Job: The 2019 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show, on view through September 29, 2019.

Joel Vincii

Tell us about yourself?
I grew up in Southeast Washington DC. I studied fine arts at central state university in Ohio. Today I work full time as a gallery aide at the National Gallery of Art and I am also a practicing artist. I have dreams of being a full time artist but I am in no rush. I love working in museum settings.

What do you do at The Phillips Collection? What are some unique or interesting parts of your job?
I work as a Museum Assistant. I’ve been working here part time for almost 5 years now. I am usually standing in the galleries making sure the work is safe and I also help visitors find their way around the gallery. I love talking with visitors about the collection and I love studying the works on display. It helps me with my own artistic process. It’s a privilege.

What is your favorite artwork? Why?
My favorite painting at the Phillips is Pierre Bonnard’s Terrace. It wasn’t always my favorite but it grew on me. I started to notice things about the painting as months went by. I love how radiant the colors are and how the trees vibrate. You can feel the energy just by looking at it. But my favorite painting all time is Michelangelo’s God Separating Light and Dark.

What do you like to listen to when you’re creating your art?
I listen to so many different genres. Mostly rap/hip hop, soul, classical. Jay Z, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Matt Maeson, Linkin Park.

Joel Vincii, Declaration of The Goat, April 2019, Oil on canvas

Joel Vincii, Declaration of The Goat, April 2019, Oil on canvas

What would you like people to know about your artwork on view in the 2019 Staff Show (or your work in general)?
This piece is part of a series of self portrait paintings where I focus on my own personal feelings and thoughts. This particular painting is a Declaration and Affirmation. Often I find myself struggling with my confidence and focus as a artist. I want to be the best that I can be, but there’s always that lingering voice that whispers something negative. In this painting I confront that voice. In the painting there are two Selves. One is slouched and unconfident while admiring the goat. The other figure is upright, facing forward, and self assured. The goat in the painting symbolizes “The Greatest of All Time.” G.O.A.T.

Staff Show 2019: Jovana Knezevic Brankovic

In this series, we highlight participants in This Is My Day Job: The 2019 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show, on view through September 29, 2019.

Jovana Knezevic Brankovic

Jovana Knezevic Brankovic

Tell us about yourself?
I am a Master of the fine arts and art history with a degree from one of Europe’s top art schools. I paint, draw, and sketch whatever makes me happy and occupies me at the moment, whether it’s landscapes from my travels, my dog ,my plants, or books that blow me away. The pleasure that I get from all my positive experiences are what drives me to try to convey my feeling to others through the canvas.

What do you do at The Phillips Collection? What are some unique or interesting parts of your job?
I work as a Museum Assistant. The best part of this job is communicating with our visitors. I love providing interesting facts about specific artists or artworks and generally information about museum.

What is your favorite artwork? Why?
I never had a favorite peace of art or a favorite artist. There are too many masterpieces to pick just one. But I would single out works of Van Gogh, Lucian Freud, Anselm Kiefer, as they have always inspired me.

What do you like to listen to when you’re creating your art?
I usually play the radio or some random playlist on You Tube. I’m always so focused on my work so I never pay attention to music in the background.

Jovana Knezevic Brankovic, Sunset Boulevard 2018 Acrlylic on canvas

Jovana Knezevic Brankovic, Sunset Boulevard, 2018, Acrlylic on canvas

What would you like people to know about your artwork on view in the 2019 Staff Show (or your work in general)?
I want people to recognize me for my adventurous spirit. My ability to let go, in order to follow my desires and find what drives me. My art is a piece of me, and my opportunity to share my perspective and experience with the rest of the world. I lived in San Diego for 2.5 years and my artwork Sunset Boulevard is a part of the series I created in California.

Staff Show 2019: Isabel Matthäus

In this series, we highlight participants in This Is My Day Job: The 2019 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show, on view through September 29, 2019.

Isabel Matthäus

Isabel Matthäus

Tell us about yourself?
I grew up in DC but have German citizenship, therefore I never have seen myself as either fully American nor German, rather a happy mix of all the countries I’ve had the pleasure of living in throughout my life. Which also influences my approach to art, a happy mix of mediums. I received my Masters degree in art history but have always continued to make art on the side.

What do you do at The Phillips Collection? What are some unique or interesting parts of your job?
I am a Museum Assistant and also occasionally help out with the AV Department. It is always interesting to directly observe visitors’ interactions with and reactions to the exhibitions. One single work can elicit a whole range of responses.

What is your favorite artwork? Why?
I can’t say that I have one single favorite artwork, as there are those I like for their meaning and concept and those I prefer aesthetically.

What do you like to listen to when you’re creating your art?
Post-Rock and lofi-triphop and also audiobooks

Isabel Matthäus , Safehaven, January 2019, Mixed media

Isabel Matthäus, Safehaven, January 2019, Mixed media

What would you like people to know about your artwork on view in the 2019 Staff Show (or your work in general)?
I created this work using the catalogue from the Wonder exhibition at the Renwick Museum from 2015 and tried to re-imagine the works I admired there. I didn’t plan out exactly what the piece would look like before starting it, but rather just went with the flow.