|Joanna Woodward, also known as Jowonder, is a multi-disciplined artist and writer, renowned for her animated films which rejoice in irony. She tells made up stories about things that are, and aren’t real; seeing most things as magical including science. |
One of her surreal short stories 'Big Ben And The London Mermaids', was recently published in 'The International Times.'
Her stop-frame animated films, have been screened on television and in many international festivals, winning the Grand Prize at Zagreb International Animation Festival, The Time Out Film Award, and Most Promising Newcomer at Cardiff Festival. They are noted by mythographer Marina Warner, and are a part of the BFI Collection and included in The World History Of Animation.
'I believe that the spirit of playfulness is the most important element in any artwork, when we are playful is when our egos get out of the way. My animated films, telling made up stories, are created via stop frame animation and are giant scale, or so small they require a magnifier to animate.
Fairy tales combine the mundane, shoes, old ladies, and teapots, with the magical and make them enchanted. Everything in nature comes from nothing, this being miraculous, creates a sense of wonder.
At primary school I convinced my friends that I was a witch, and I took them on a dream journey every night. Today, when confronted by the serious subject of quantum physics; (I think), this must be just such a place of enchantment.'
In 2007, I started the Six Days Goodbye Poems Of Ophelia project, (still in process) a living painting from bacteria, a re-telling of the story of Ophelia's death depicted in John Everett Millais' original painting; seeing her death as a form of beautiful transition a return to the land. The work uses the movement of live bacteria for animation and was created in a sterile laboratory,(Wellcome Trust), poetic soundtracks to the project are created by the public.
Flatlanders (2007), a video installation premiered in Guildford Cathedral alongside a debate which included Dr Brian Cox and Jim al Khalili, referenced the ancient Greek character of Themis, and incorporated sound taken from the The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.
Jowonder And The Psychic Tea Leaves, is an audience interactive performance in the manner of a mock Victorian Séance; using humor as a central device, combining storytelling with improvised performance. A chosen member of the audience drinks a cup of tea -and the process unravels. At St John on Bethnal Green, Cabaret Futura, Courtyard Theatre and End Of The Pier Show, with live music chronologically by: Billy Smith, Jowe Head, Ansuman Biswas and Andrew Hedges
For a recent interview see: http://internationaltimes.it/interview-with-artist-jowonder/
Some of her visual art can be seen via the 'Portfolio' tab above.
Her animations, which are a part of the BFI and the Lux Collections, can be seen by arrangement.
Online film and performance can be seen via : Youtube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/user/jowonder