I am a visual artist working between UK and Australia. A ‘drawer’ first and foremost, I use charcoal, graphite, coloured pencils, and any other material that is present-to-hand, honouring the texture, immediacy and honesty of drawing. Whilst immersed in fastidious mark-making, decision-making is reflexive, responding intuitively to differing shades and depths of line forming on the surface. My practice uses personal mythology to explore isolation and connection. I am interested in the contrast between self and other and the systems of separation and unity that operate throughout the human condition. British Psychoanalyst, Donald W Winnicott places some artistic motivation in the tension between the desire to hide and the desire to communicate. My drawings are from this fissure, between the private refuge of my work and studio and public engagement.
According to the surrealist poet Paul Eluard, ‘there is another world, but it is in this one’ (1939). For me, the space he alludes to is a creative one: unbounded and existing beyond the known or assumed. My work emerges from this sensorial space, opening it up to multiple readings. Pursuing ambiguity often leads my decision-making process.
The human head fascinates me. I tend to draw the back of them or from above, so hair is prominent. Our hair is a key to how we present ourselves, so the concerns that influence my delicate hairlines are complex and expansive. But my work is not about hair, it is a segue between self and other, of what it means to be, feel and see as a human.
Completed works conceal a personal moment, a complex intimacy, a shift within, but have been generated through external engagement with the other.
'Primarily using 'drawing' as the first tool to articulate, Jo is constantly driven by notions of ambiguity or duality. She uses representational style to convey abstract ideas and is continually absorbed by the confluence of private and public, order and chaos, thought and matter.....'
2017/2018 Masters of Drawing, University of the Arts London (UAL), Wimbledon College of Arts
2014 Graduate Certificate Visual Art, Melbourne University, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)
2011-2013 Diploma of Visual Art, Latrobe College of Art and Design, Melbourne
2013 Australian Print Workshop, Introduction to Etching with Martin King, July - August
2010 Internationale Sommerakademie Venice, Painting 11, 1 week, 2010
2004-05 Botanical Art School Melbourne, various intensive and short courses, 2004 – 2005
1993 Williamson Leadership Foundation, Graduate (now Leadership Victoria) 1 year
2018 'Drawing Strength', Montsalvat, Eltham, Victoria November 17th to Jan. 6th 2019
2017 'head' Tacit Art, opening 12th July, 312 Johnson Street, Abbotsford
2016 'SENSOR', Junior Space Gallery, Smith Street, Fitzroy, October to November
2016 'Time's Tattoo', Montsalvat Residents Gallery,Eltham Victoria, July
2011 'The Feather’ Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne
2006 ‘In the Presence of Nature’ Emporium Botanica, Armadale, Victoria
2018 Ladder Art Space, Group Show, Curators Maryam Safini and Payam Khajeh, Melbourne, June
2018 April/May - Xhibit 2018, Art Bermondsey Project Space, London
Xhibit showcases the best emerging creatives from UAL. Xhibit is open to all current students and is selected by an expert panel of creative industry professionals.
Art Bermondsey Project Space, London SE1 3UW2018
2018 'Against Static', Wimbledon Art Space, London
2018 'Beautiful Banal' Group Show, Off the Kerb Gallery, Melbourne, February
2016 Sculpture 'beautiful torture' included in Montsalvat Arts Festival October 16th
2016 The Peacock in the Room, Group Show, curator Petra Nicel, Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne, April
2016 Dragonfly, Group Show, final HOUSE OF BRICKS, 40 Budd St., Collingwood,
2015 #IAMANY Group Show, Darwin Visual Arts Association, Woods Street, Darwin - August
2015 FLUX CONTROL Group Show, Becc Orszag | Cameron Robbins | Dean Thompson | Hollie M Kelley l Indigo O’Rourke | Ian Paradine | Jo Lane | Leith Maguire | Ryan McGennisken, HOUSE OF BRICKS, 40 Budd St., Collingwood, in June
2015 DRAWv2, Groups Show, Melbourne Arts Club, Preston. Selection by curator Julia Howard.
2015 I IS ANOTHER, Group Show George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, http://iisanotherinstallation.weebly.com/
2015 LAUNCH 2015, Brunswick Arts Space, Brunswick. Selection by curator Alex Clark from graduate shows 2014
2014 Group show, VCA Student Gallery, Dodds Street, South Melbourne,
2014 Group Show 'bravarto' Gallery 314, Church Street, Richmond Victoria
2013 LEFTOVERS IV, international print portfolio, traveling exhibition by Wingtip Press USA, AppleStick Contemporary Art, Balnarring. August - September
2013 St Luke's 'exquisite palette', Melbourne
2013 Linden Post Card Show, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2012 Christmas Show and Studio Art Show, LaTrobe Street Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Group show ‘Winged Things and Other Wonders of the Natural World’, Domain House Gallery, South Yarra, Victoria
2011 Group show ‘Artspring’ at Coolart, Parks Victoria, Somers, Victoria
2017 Yarra Valley Arts/Yering Station Sculpture Awards, Finalist
2017 Nillumbik Art Prize, Finalist, Winner People's Choice Award, Montsalvat, Eltham, Victoria June/July
2017 Wyndham Art Prize, Finalist, Wyndham Gallery, Werribee Victoria, April/May
2016 Kedumba Drawing Award, Finalist, Orange Regional Gallery, 20th August to 20th October
2016 SCOPE Galleries Art Award - Art Concerning Environment, Finalist, Warrnambool, Victoria
2016 Wyndham Art Prize, Finalist, Wyndham Gallery, Werribee Victoria, March to May
2014 Kedumba Drawing Award, Finalist, exhbition Wild Valley Art Park, Wentworth Falls NSW then Orange Regional Gallery to Jan 2015
2013 Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award, Finalist
2012 arc Yinnar Biennial Drawing Prize, Finalist, 19-23 Main St, Yinnar VIC 3869, Australia
2018 'Drawing Strength', Montsalvat, Eltham, Victoria November 17th to Jan. 7th 2019
2018 Life, life drawing works, Wimbledon Space, London
2013 Balibo Fort Museum, East Timor, image preparation and presentation
2011 John Gollings, Burnt Landscape, GPO Melbourne
2010 Co-curator ‘BotanicAsia’, Domain House, South Yarra, Victoria for Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.
1995 Creative Director, 'The Useum', virtual cultural centre, for Victorian State Govt.
'Petrichor', Visible Ink, RMIT anthology of creative writing, artwork inclusion 2015
UNVEILING CONTEMPORARIES, Feature artist www.unveilingcontemporaries.com 2015 (text from Curator Petra Nicel below)
Lines & Marks, Magazine. Included twice in 2015 http://linesandmarks.com/
'Encounters', Visible Ink, RMIT anthology of creative writing, artwork inclusion 2014
'On the Ledge of the World', Visible Ink, RMIT artwork inclusion 2013
Janice Breen Burns, ‘Frocks of a Feather', The Age, February 2011
Kellie Hush, ‘Birds of a Feather’ Sydney Morning Herald, Exhibition Style, December 2010
WhiteSpac3, online art magazine - Feature Artist 2010
Member of National Association for the Visual Arts Ltd NAVA
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words from 'UNVEILING CONTEMPORARIES' about my work in 2014, by Petra Nicel
"Jo has an undeniable ability to create work that is moving, stimulating and curious.
This series stretches the subject beyond the dimensions of the image and into the 3-dimensional world; such a playful, beautiful and considered approach.
What initially struck me about Jo's work was her absolute, incontrovertible technical skill. Something that has been discussed a lot in my circles lately is the traditionally 'difficult' parts of the human body to translate into works of art; the feet, and, of course, the hands. The hands are such a fascinating and beautiful part of the body - they truly tell a story. They can be used to communicate, to act, and to move. Jo so delicately captures everything that is beautiful about them; the way they move, the way the muscles show, the way they grasp or cup things, the way their movements affect the muscles in the arms. They are complex, and to me, mesmerising. Jo draws them with such detail and elegance. I feel as though I could reach out and stroke the skin of that greyscale subject - it is warming, and it is rare for an artwork to make you feel that way. And by adding these sculptures into the foreground she creates a whole environment, an external context for the figure - a suggestion that they are living, moving characters. The sculptures add to the sense of story; they meld together into a narrative and challenge drawing traditions. Jo moves beyond the idea of drawings being flat and still.
Her stunning combination of 2D and 3D brings her work to life; it fills the exhibition space with movement and energy.
These objects and images are so emotive; by looking at them I feel as though I have become the hand, and much like the drawing, am reaching into another state of being."