Joanna Thangiah

About Joanna Thangiah

I’m terrible at writing bios and I feel like such a douche when I’m asked to talk about myself, it makes me feel so uncomfortable! When I was studying graphic design I was asked to write a bio as apart of my final art show. To quote myself, “My name is Joanna, I like to art and stuff”. Joanna was born in Dubai and grew up in Sydney, Australia. Apart from creating, her favourite past times are: daydreaming, binge watching terrible television shows, Insta-stalking, chuckling at her father’s terrible jokes and listening to AM radio. She sometimes feel like a 75-year-old granny trapped in a 20-something-year-old's body.

Know who you’re Instagramming: @JoannaThangiah

Approx Reading Time-10We spoke with important artist and a wolf in a grandma’s mindset, @JoannaThangiah, about her work, her mantra, and her own mind.




TBS: Hi, Joanna! Your Instagram pics are fabulous. If for whatever reason you could only save three, which three would you save?


TBS: Can you please tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how your Instagram came to be?

Joanna: I had been in therapy for about a year and in recovery from an eating disorder when I started posting my drawings on Instagram. It was kind of my way of dealing with being diagnosed with a string of mental illnesses and processing what I had learnt about myself. I was also in this Godawful, emotionally abusive relationship and drawing helped me get my power back.


What do you think is the main driver to people coming to your Instagram daily and following you?

I’m still trying to figure that out. I’m extremely grateful that people are into what I do! I try to keep my work honest and positive, I’m also not self-righteous nor do I expect people to agree with my opinions. I’m just a girl that’s been around the block a few times, experienced a lot of pain and is trying to navigate life without fucking up too much. I guess people can relate to that.


What is the main story you like to tell through your images?

Every drawing I post is a version of me; it’s my journey of self-acceptance. I discuss my thoughts, feelings, and experiences as a fat, brown, mentally ill woman.


What is the worst way for someone to try and get your attention on Instagram, and what is the best way?

I try really hard to reply to most of the comments I receive. It’s not that hard to get my attention, retaining it on the other hand is quite difficult but that’s ADHD-brain for you. I like having conversations with people, and people sharing their stories and supporting each other. I really don’t like it when people demand things from me, like I work for them or something; I generally ignore those comments.



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