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Jo is a visual artist who grew up in London and has three complimentary components to her practice.

Intrigued by the anonymity and isolation that living in a city imposes on people Jo responds to her urban surroundings by creating hand-pulled solarplate™etchings that often focus on a transitory solitary figure. These figures often appear to be lost in their thoughts.

In comparison, Jo’s oil paintings express a romantic, utopian notion of the land. The landscapes are often quiet and devoid of modernity and people. The paintings allow the viewers to reflect, and ultimately accept moments of personal solitude.

The third element of her practice pulls the other two elements together and consist of sculptural, architectural forms which are often more conceptual in nature.

Originally trained in Furnishing Textiles and Interior Design Jo pursued an alternative career before returning to the arts. Returning from living in the USA for several years Jo embarked on further studies in advanced printmaking at the Curwen Print Study Centre. In 2018 Jo extended her studies further by completing an MA in Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University, with Distinction. This period of study enabled her to experiment further with wood cut printmaking techniques and fine art installation.

Alongside her practice Jo is an Artist Facilitator at , teaches oil painting and printmaking privately, mentors students studying for academic exams. She participates regularly on art competition judging panels and is the main panellist for The City Art Book series, founded by Emma Bennett.

Commissioned work include many pieces for Cambridge, Beechdale Homes, Laragh Homes and more recently a print commission for the new Cambridge Building Society central offices. Private works are owned throughout the USA, Canada, Australia, Southern India, Mexico, the Middle East, France and throughout Europe.

Jo's Cambridge Walkabout original solarplate™etchings can be found exclusively at Cambridge Contemporary Art.

Residency

From October 2019 until April 2020 Jo has been awarded a place on the AA2A residency program. She is working with Visual Artist Cathy Faithfull on a contemporary art collaboration (eARTh) investigating our human relationship with the changing landscape.

 



Jo has an enhanced DBS check (June 2019).

Email: jo@jotunmer.com

Telephone07765 563908.

Representation

Cambridge Contemporary Art. has full exclusive rights to her Cambridge Walkabout range of Solarplate etchings.

 

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