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The Bigger Picture: Jo Martin - 3D virtual exhibition by The Essential School of Painting

The Bigger Picture: Jo Martin

mar, 09/07/2021 to lun, 02/07/2022

curated by:

JO MARTIN
I am a multimedia artist from Yorkshire, based in Kent. I graduated from Saint Martins, fine art painting, in 1993. I work in painting, collage, sculpture, print, video art and sound performance; often combining and layering them. I enjoy the freedom of moving between different mediums, in this way I have a larger and more precise vocabulary to better communicate my intentions.
The media I use and concepts I explore are directly connected and inform one another. Movement and sound with a start and end is video, repeated action changed by time is print, the physical act of holding and touching in the present is sculpture.
I am influenced by Bauhaus, vorticism and feminist art. The re-use and re-appropriation of past work, ideas, and ideologies. By the thought that we are all victims and beneficiaries of plagiarisms and carry the gifts or burdens of histories and memories.
My work takes on the subject of broken nonsensical architecture, structural and bodily, and the act of being present in the ‘now’ while carrying the ‘then’.
Recently I have begun using print combined with paint to describe the defunct machine environments. I have found that by including myself vocally and physically
either as a trigger or as the focus of my work I have automatically brought myself
closer to the visceral and performative element of mark making.
My work considers themes of environmental instability and the structures internal
and external that we create to support ourselves.
In the mid process of painting, my collage videos combine elements of a work in
progress and stop motion animation techniques, to give an alternate perspective of
how a piece of work can be viewed and documented. Materiality is a key contribute,
polaroid cameras and found images in books remaining in the realm of the analogue.
I have incorporated interactive features in my paintings, activated by a wooden rod, a
sound box plays original sound art.
Found objects, accidental small beach-finds, to ‘important’ archaeological
discoveries provide a solid starting place for the expert’s guesswork to take place,
resulting in the animated growth of a ‘discovered’ chiselled stone to an imagined
‘factual’ city complete with battlements and bakeries.
The intention of the work is to create environments that provide a feeling of
negotiating reconstructed environments, of dreamlike wandering, of balancing while
investigating. Producing work that has an essence of film, film still, film trailer, edging
towards a slow burn underrated long forgotten newly remembered unearthed cult
masterpiece.

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