Jo is a full time artist working from SMAC Space Studio in Tighes Hill, NSW. She respectfully acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi people as the traditional custodians of Muluubinba - Newcastle.
Jo studied a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Arts and French) at the University of Newcastle which included a semester of study in La Rochelle, France. Since graduating in 2008 she has exhibited her work in group and solo exhibitions in Newcastle, Melbourne and Sydney, and has work held in private collections around Australia and overseas. Jo is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts at RMIT.
Her multidisciplinary practice brings together experiential and material explorations that coalesce in both material and immaterial form; her practice being as much about the cultivation and maintenance of inner states, experiences and relationships as it is the creation of physically or virtually tangible forms.
Her values-led practice is underpinned by the intention to be present in the world in an attentive and caring way, which finds form and expression in the enactment of daily rituals such as observing the vein-like details in fallen flowers on daily urban walks and regularly making time to create with others. Her commitment to these ongoing activities provides recurring ways through which Jo can tend to and maintain the immaterial things that are of value to her, such as relationships and experiences of connection. The material fragments and ephemera embedded within her paintings and installations, such as her botanical sketches and colour mixing swatches, often come into form through these meaningful encounters.
You can read Jo’s artist manifesto here