Joëlle Storet was born in Brussels, Belgium and lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is an accomplished emerging artist and the current Gallery Manager of Art Ventures NWA. Störet is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a background in Cultural Anthropology, Semiotics, Linguistics and Art History. She has had exhibitions in Fayetteville and Bentonville, Arkansas, USA, Vienna, Austria and Berlin, Germany.
This particular body of work was heavily inspired by my bi-cultural upbringing. I was born and raised in Europe until I was 12. Despite being half-African from my mother’s side, I spent very little time in Zaire. The culturally-ingrained experiences I had amassed over time, were constructed by my mother’s presence through language, comic books, and film. Belgium, being one the former colonial powers, has one of the largest collections of authentic Central African art in the world at the Royal Museum of Tervuren. I was never able to see in such detail again either in Europe or America,” but those influences are a significant part of my work.