Joelle McTigue

Artist exploring power dynamics and influences of identity in public spaces.
Work in the Rubell Family & NFT.NYC Collections. 

Initially inspired by Eames’ Power of Ten film, Joelle McTigue’s practice evolved after learning about Ottoman traveler Evliya Çelebi (1611–1682) and Seyâhatnâme, an Arab literary tradition that intertwines legends and folklore in travelogues. Evliya’s writing pushed McTigue to contemplate how history is as accurate as anything touched by humans.

History is neither finite nor tangible, aside from quantifiable markers, a writer crafts a narrative based on select resources with an endgame. Chosen morsels pass through the viewpoint of the communicator leading to fractures and reflections within records.

McTigue’s art examines how power dynamics and influences of identity flatten, amplify, and distort history. As an interdisciplinary artist, she manipulates work that leaves documentative remnants to encourage discourse on the subject. The most thrilling aspect of the process for her is finding the fractures and threads of power and identity at various junctures. The texts accompanying the artwork are the viewpoint of an outsider whose accuracy is fallible.

Control & Cooperation

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Control and Cooperation examines gardening rituals and how public spaces embody changing power dynamics. Inspired by Eames’ Powers of Ten, the images transform into aerial botanical gardens with documentative remnants.

Exhibited at: Art on Paper during Armory Week, Photo London satellite event, INTERSECT Art + Blockchain Meetup During NFT London At The Institute Of Contemporary Arts

Placa de les Escoles Pies. Gandia, Spain
Belvedere Palace, Vienna, Austria
Rhein Country Border, Germany and Switzerland
Marktplatz, Leipzig, Germany
Wiener Riesenrad, Vienna, Austria
Plaça Nova, Barcelona, Spain
Rathaus, Basel, Switzerland
Strand von Dobrec, Rose, Montenegro
Placa de les Escoles Pies. Gandia, Spain
Placa de les Escoles Pies. Gandia, Spain

In Control and Cooperation, Joelle McTigue examines gardening rituals and how public spaces embody changing power dynamics. Inspired by Eames' Powers of Ten, the images transform into aerial botanical gardens with documentative remnants to encourage discourse on the subject.

NFT: Drop Minted on Foundation
Edition: 1
File: JPG 7680 x 4320 pixels, 72 dpi
Auction Reserve: 2ETH

Belvedere Palace, Vienna, Austria
Belvedere Palace, Vienna, Austria

In Control and Cooperation, Joelle McTigue examines gardening rituals and how public spaces embody changing power dynamics. Inspired by Eames' Powers of Ten, the images transform into aerial botanical gardens with documentative remnants to encourage discourse on the subject.

NFT: Drop Minted on Foundation
Edition: 1
File: JPG 7680 x 4320 pixels, 72 dpi
Auction Reserve: 2ETH

Rhein Country Border, Germany and Switzerland
Rhein Country Border, Germany and Switzerland

In Control and Cooperation, Joelle McTigue examines gardening rituals and how public spaces embody changing power dynamics. Inspired by Eames' Powers of Ten, the images transform into aerial botanical gardens with documentative remnants to encourage discourse on the subject.

NFT: Drop Minted on Foundation
Edition: 1
File: JPG 7680 x 4320 pixels, 72 dpi
Auction Reserve: 2ETH

Marktplatz, Leipzig, Germany
Marktplatz, Leipzig, Germany

In Control and Cooperation, Joelle McTigue examines gardening rituals and how public spaces embody changing power dynamics. Inspired by Eames' Powers of Ten, the images transform into aerial botanical gardens with documentative remnants to encourage discourse on the subject.

NFT: Drop Minted on Foundation
Edition: 1
File: JPG 7680 x 4320 pixels, 72 dpi
Auction Reserve: 2ETH

Wiener Riesenrad, Vienna, Austria
Wiener Riesenrad, Vienna, Austria

In Control and Cooperation, Joelle McTigue examines gardening rituals and how public spaces embody changing power dynamics. Inspired by Eames' Powers of Ten, the images transform into aerial botanical gardens with documentative remnants to encourage discourse on the subject.

NFT: Drop Minted on Foundation
Edition: 1
File: JPG 7680 x 4320 pixels, 72 dpi
Auction Reserve: 2ETH

Plaça Nova, Barcelona, Spain
Plaça Nova, Barcelona, Spain

In Control and Cooperation, Joelle McTigue examines gardening rituals and how public spaces embody changing power dynamics. Inspired by Eames' Powers of Ten, the images transform into aerial botanical gardens with documentative remnants to encourage discourse on the subject.

NFT: Drop Minted on Foundation
Edition: 1
File: JPG 7680 x 4320 pixels, 72 dpi
Auction Reserve: 2ETH

Rathaus, Basel, Switzerland
Rathaus, Basel, Switzerland

In Control and Cooperation, Joelle McTigue examines gardening rituals and how public spaces embody changing power dynamics. Inspired by Eames' Powers of Ten, the images transform into aerial botanical gardens with documentative remnants to encourage discourse on the subject.

NFT: Drop Minted on Foundation
Edition: 1
File: JPG 7680 x 4320 pixels, 72 dpi
Auction Reserve: 2ETH

Strand von Dobrec, Rose, Montenegro
Strand von Dobrec, Rose, Montenegro

In Control and Cooperation, Joelle McTigue examines gardening rituals and how public spaces embody changing power dynamics. Inspired by Eames' Powers of Ten, the images transform into aerial botanical gardens with documentative remnants to encourage discourse on the subject.

NFT: Drop Minted on Foundation
Edition: 1
File: JPG 7680 x 4320 pixels, 72 dpi
Auction Reserve: 2ETH

Placa de les Escoles Pies. Gandia, Spain
Crimson Bottlebrush, Origin Australia Photograph Bay of Kotor Montenegro 2021 Joelle McTigue - Capture
Crimson Bottlebrush, Origin Australia Photograph Bay of Kotor Montenegro 2021 Joelle McTigue - Capture
Crimson Bottlebrush, Origin Australia Photograph Bay of Kotor Montenegro 2021 Joelle McTigue - Capture
Crimson Bottlebrush, Origin Australia Photograph Bay of Kotor Montenegro 2021 Joelle McTigue - Capture
Crimson Bottlebrush, Origin Australia Photograph Bay of Kotor Montenegro 2021 Joelle McTigue - Capture
Crimson Bottlebrush, Origin Australia Photograph Bay of Kotor Montenegro 2021 Joelle McTigue - Capture
Crimson Bottlebrush, Origin Australia Photograph Bay of Kotor Montenegro 2021 Joelle McTigue - Capture
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Submarine Tunnel: Bay of Kotor

Minted on NFT NYC & 1stDibs

Submarine Tunnel: Bay of Kotor examines the creation of the submarine tunnel built by the Yugoslavian military and how it represents a desire for change. A militarized space constructed for sovereignty and security was repurposed as a public space for pragmatic and leisurely pursuits. McTigue manually transforms her photography to encourage discourse on a location’s past, present, and future.

Exhibited at: NFT NYC’s Collection at the Main Event and in Times Square,  Featured Creator on 1stDibs.com, The Boca Raton In Partnership With Lynn University’s NFT Museum

Submarine Tunnel: Bow. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
Submarine Tunnel: Entrance. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
Submarine Tunnel: Aft Starboard. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
Submarine Tunnel: Mid-Starboard. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
Submarine Tunnel: Tourist Boat. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
Submarine Tunnel: Bow. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
Submarine Tunnel: Bow. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.

As a storm brews off in the distance, the tourist boat gains speed towards the decommissioned submarine tunnel's entrance. The soft sunlight refracts into the water, cascading deep green jewel tones that emphasize the boat's wake.

NFT: Minted on 1stdibs.com
Edition: 1
File: PNG 7680 x 4320 pixels, 300 dpi
Auction Reserve: 2ETH

Submarine Tunnel: Entrance. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
Submarine Tunnel: Entrance. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.

Concrete layers cast onto the hillside loom over the tourist boat at the entrance of the decommissioned submarine tunnel. An overhang protects bubbly-font graffiti from the rusting pattern on its face.

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Submarine Tunnel: Aft Starboard. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
Submarine Tunnel: Aft Starboard. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.

The afternoon sun reflects off the back wall of the decommissioned submarine tunnel illuminating it in a soft vignette. The light bathes the concrete dock in pastel pink hues that tint the darkened water near its edge.

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Submarine Tunnel: Mid-Starboard. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
Submarine Tunnel: Mid-Starboard. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.

Kayaks enter the decommissioned submarine tunnel. The concrete dock's reflection ripples from the gentle wake that accentuates the natural jewel tones of the Bay of Kotor.

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Submarine Tunnel: Tourist Boat. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
Submarine Tunnel: Tourist Boat. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.

The sun sparkles off the water and supplies natural light into the decommissioned submarine tunnel. Small tour boats navigate around kayaks and divers to dock alongside the concrete walkway.

NFT: Minted on NTF NYC Art Collection
Edition: 10
File: MP4
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Submarine Tunnel: Bow. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
Submarine Tunnel: Entrance. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
Submarine Tunnel: Aft Starboard. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
Submarine Tunnel: Mid-Starboard. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
Submarine Tunnel: Tourist Boat. Photograph Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro, 2018.
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The Mediterranean Botanicals Collection: Bay of Kotor

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Over centuries, mariners returned to the Mediterranean with seeds and plantlings. In The Mediterranean Botanicals Collection: Bay of Kotor, I examine how the pursuit of empires, trade, legacy, medicine, religion, and aesthetics forged the coastal landscape of the UNESCO protected site.

The bay’s naval fleet peaked at 300 ships to protect its prominent salt trade in the Middle Ages. But, its mariner history potentially traces back to the Balkan Bronze Age. Over millennia, great European empires (Roman, Ottoman, Venetian, Napoleon, Russian, and Austro-Hungarian) owned a piece of the Bay of Kotor for strategic and merchant gain.

Today the Bay of Kotor strives for architectural revitalization and preservation while maintaining its wild beauty and traditions. Venice, Italy, continues to finance the restoration of Kotor’s Venetian structures. Retired naval facilities around the bay have converted into five-star resorts and marinas welcoming mega yachts. Every year at sunset on July 22nd, sailors arrive for the custom known as fašinada, throwing rocks in the sea near Our Lady of the Rocks, a sailor-formed island near Pearst.

The Mediterranean Botanicals Collection: Bay of Kotor collection are manually-manipulated botanical photographs taken by McTigue within Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor. The work emulates stained glass to celebrate these roots of identity and nature through the contemporary window of technology.

Exhibited at: NFTBerlin, Miami NFT Con, Utopian Dystopia Kochi, Belltown Art Walk, The Boca Raton In Partnership With Lynn University’s NFT Museum

Crimson Bottlebrush, Origin Australia Photograph Bay of Kotor Montenegro 2021 Joelle McTigue - Capture
Marvel of Peru, Origin Debated. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021
Bengal Rose, Origin China. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021
Chimney Bellflower, Origin Southeastern Europe. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021
Myrtle-leaf Milkwort, Origin South Africa. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2019
Coconut Palm, Origin Brazil and Mimosa, Origin Australia. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021
Crimson Bottlebrush, Origin Australia Photograph Bay of Kotor Montenegro 2021 Joelle McTigue - Capture
Crimson Bottlebrush, Origin Australia Photograph Bay of Kotor Montenegro 2021

Crimson Bottlebrush originated near Botany Bay in southeastern Australia, where seasonal change affects the ecosystem like Kotor. The ancient walled city of Kotor sits at the innermost point of the bay, shaded by two steep and rugged mountains that create a biosphere for extreme weather. The city recommends planting the naturalized shrub because it thrives in the hot summers and fends off frost in the winter while producing its own natural herbicide.

NFT: Genesis Drop Minted on Niftys.com
Edition: 1
File: MP4 16:9
$2500

Marvel of Peru, Origin Debated. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021
Marvel of Peru, Origin Debated. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021

Binomial: Mirabilis jalapa. Mirabilis [Latin] means wonderful, admirable, or marvelous. However, the use of "jalapa" in the binomial has been a point of debate among botanists for over 300 years. Irrespective of its discoursed nomenclature, the Marvel of Peru denotes a period of prosperity as it was a popular landscaping complement to brutalist architecture in mid-twentieth century Yugoslavia.

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Edition: 1
File: PNG 7680 x 4320 pixels, 300 dpi
$1500

Bengal Rose, Origin China. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021
Bengal Rose, Origin China. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021

Boka sailors brought home roses from the Bay of Bengal, China, for their personal gardens as fragrant privacy hedges during the rule of Venetian and Ottoman empires. To protect itself from the intense Mediterranean sun, the plant develops a purple pigment that acts as a sunscreen.

NFT: Genesis Drop Minted on Niftys.com
Edition: 3
File: PNG 7680 x 4320 pixels, 300 dpi
$500

Chimney Bellflower, Origin Southeastern Europe. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021
Chimney Bellflower, Origin Southeastern Europe. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021

The Chimney Bellflower is an Adriatic/ Illyrian native species from ancient times. In Lipci (near Risan), academics debate the intention and specific era (Balkan Bronze Age c. 1800 BC or the Balkan Iron Age 1100 BC – 150 AD) of rock paintings that depict lines and curves. Some scholars believe the drawings represent sailing ships and maps of the Bay of Kotor. The illustrations are the oldest depictions of Adriatic sailing and nautical maps in human history, if they are correct.

NFT: Genesis Drop Minted on Niftys.com
Edition: 3
File: PNG 7680 x 4320 pixels, 300 dpi
$500

Myrtle-leaf Milkwort, Origin South Africa. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2019
Myrtle-leaf Milkwort, Origin South Africa. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2019

Montenegro promotes its wild beauty. Municipalities set mandates of authorized plants for contemporary landscaping to maintain the ecosystems. Myrtle-leaf Milkwort arrived from South Africa but has since naturalized in the Bay of Kotor, making it an approved landscaping plant available at flower markets.

NFT: Genesis Drop Minted on Niftys.com
Edition: 10
File: PNG 7680 x 4320 pixels, 300 dpi
$200

Coconut Palm, Origin Brazil and Mimosa, Origin Australia. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021
Coconut Palm, Origin Brazil and Mimosa, Origin Australia. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021

The Brazilian Coconut Palm tree's first known transport to Europe from southern Brazil was in the 18th century. Seemingly out of place in the Mediterranean, the tree was nursed as an alternative fuel source in Yugoslavia. Instead, however, it became a statement of wealth in mansion gardens along the coast.

Naturalized around the bay from Australia, Herceg Novi, the city of sun, flowers, and stairs, celebrates the anticipation of Spring with the month-long Mimosa Festival because the flower blooms in February.

NFT: Genesis Drop Minted on Niftys.com
Edition: 20
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$125

Crimson Bottlebrush, Origin Australia Photograph Bay of Kotor Montenegro 2021 Joelle McTigue - Capture
Marvel of Peru, Origin Debated. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021
Bengal Rose, Origin China. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021
Chimney Bellflower, Origin Southeastern Europe. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021
Myrtle-leaf Milkwort, Origin South Africa. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2019
Coconut Palm, Origin Brazil and Mimosa, Origin Australia. Photograph Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, 2021
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Less Subtle LA

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From orange groves and oil fields, Los Angeles’ metamorphosis over a century used its wealth to import influences into its public spaces. The entertainment industry, local politics, journalism, public relations, and real estate developments contributed to shaping a metropolis full of distinct neighborhoods. The city’s architectural follies, fame, façades, and fallacies uphold its mythical city of hopes and dreams, where inhabitants use location to define and refine their identity.

Less Subtle LA imitates stained glass to accentuate Los Angeles’ glorification of fact, fiction, and fantasy in its communal narrative.

Exhibited at: Featured on Kalart during Paris Blockchain Week

 

Skyscraper Pool. Photograph Los Angeles, California, 2015.
Los Angeles Theatre. Photograph Los Angeles, California, 2015.
Restaurant on Montana Avenue. Photograph Santa Monica, California, 2015.
Skyscraper Pool. Photograph Los Angeles, California, 2015.
Skyscraper Pool. Photograph Los Angeles, California, 2015.

The skyscraper was the tallest downtown residential building in 2010. During a revitalization period, the city's creative class sought residences that had a luxurious, fun, and healthy lifestyle. A few residents gathered by the pool to enjoy the warm night after Elle King finished her private performance of her latest album, Love Stuff.

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Edition: 1
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$750

Los Angeles Theatre. Photograph Los Angeles, California, 2015.
Los Angeles Theatre. Photograph Los Angeles, California, 2015.

Broadway's last movie palace, the Los Angeles Theatre, opened in 1931. Architect S. Charles Lee designed as if "Louis XVI were his client" and reimagined the Palace of Versailles' Hall of Mirrors. The focus of the grand staircase is a marble and crystal fountain decorated with gold leaf, walnut paneling, and crystal chandeliers.

NFT: Minted on kalart.utip.io
Edition: 1
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$750

Restaurant on Montana Avenue. Photograph Santa Monica, California, 2015.
Restaurant on Montana Avenue. Photograph Santa Monica, California, 2015.

For over 60 years, Montana Avenue’s commercial stretch was quaint. In true LA fashion, the street's rise in popularity became tense and territorial between residents and business owners. In a 2000 newspaper article, a retail leasing agent retorted on the tension, "They want to have their creme brulee and eat it too.”

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File: PNG 4320 x 4320 pixels, 300 dpi
$750

Skyscraper Pool. Photograph Los Angeles, California, 2015.
Los Angeles Theatre. Photograph Los Angeles, California, 2015.
Restaurant on Montana Avenue. Photograph Santa Monica, California, 2015.
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