|'There's no one way of looking at JoWonder's work. There's no one way of looking at anything! We only have to shut one eye and you get a different angle, turn our head quickly for another, so imagine (ha) what the brain can do through the lens of our perceptions, our values, memory, body and past. There can also be a backward telescopic journey into childhood, when our imaginations were quite erotic - as a part of our life force- at a time before we become erotic.|
Joanna Woodward, professionally known as: JoWOnder Recent performance, in A Cabinet Of Wonders at: 100 Years Gallery, Hoxton, London on the 20th February 2014.
Jo's work is derived from traditions in literature, performance and painting. Fantastically woven stories exist in worlds projected beyond the logic and reason of the waking mind.
A Wellcome Trust project was an animated painting in bacteria of John Millais Ophelia, people were invited to leave poems to her via an anonymous answerphone. Contributions were received from established poets and musicians such as Kim Morresy, Peter Murphy and Richard Niman as well as the public. Jo’s artwork, film and performances have been exhibited internationally.
A video installation Flatlanders was a part of a science debate about CERN (Centre European For Nuclear Research) and was shown in Guildford Cathedral and Washinton Dc Arts Centre, USA:
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Below video, Sawdust For Brains And The Key Of Wisdom, commissioned by Channel 4, Television: A woman is transformed into a puppet by a sorcerer with a magic key and given a chance to see the mechanisms that create our fate here on earth? Using Voodoo she manages to shrink the sorcerer and find a lover.
In 2007, 'Flatlanders',hight defintion video installations featured in Guildford Cathedral in connection with a science debate around the nuclear experiment at 'The Centre for European Nuclear Research'(CERN) This was a collaboration with the The Very Revd Victor Stock, scientists Professors Brian Cox, and Jim Al-Khalili.Also in 'The New Future' and exhibition of three artists at The Columbia Arts Center, USA See excerpt below*
Interested in combining the scientific and the emotional, I created '6 Days Goodbye Poems Of Ophelia,' research funded by The Wellcome Trust and with a microbiology input by Dr Simon Park. The piece features an animated version of John Millais Ophelia created out of bacteria which asks; Where does Ophelia's body begin and where does it end? The work has an interactive element - and I am still recieving contributions by an electronic answer phone- to pay tribute to Ophelia by poem, song music etc. Call: 44(0)207-1839366.
The Day 4, section below includes a sound track of answer phone messages from, children, poets and strangers. Excerpt from Ophelia project below
6 Days Goodbye Poems Of Ophelia from jowonder on Vimeo.
My background as a film maker and animator influences my practice and I am developing an idea to animate a version of the resurrection.
Being an animator sometimes gives me the power to create movement in my imaginary worlds and has informed and nurtured my painting which shares the great narrative tradition of fairy tales. Like Bruno Bettelheim in his great academic work The Uses of Enchantment, I understand the projection of an individual's fears, dreams, joys, into those worlds. In this sense I have a shared background with the surrealists, and as a student of Buddhism understand the desire to see the truth of something 'all at once'. The psychologists call this Gestalt. My work is part of that search for a place of 'no place, a time of 'no time.'
Some more animated films below:-
The Brooch pin And The Sinful Clasp: A man falls in love with a ballerina that he sees dancing at the top of a tower block and sets off on a journey to find her, he finds out that the ballerina was only an evil mechanical brooch on a giant 's shawl.
Winner Grand Priz Zageb Festival and Best Newcomer Cardif animation festival and The Time Out Film Award,UK
Below 'Don't Submit To A Moments Passion With A Stranger,'a stop frame animated video installation melting sugary shoes, A story of disappointing love.
'Don't Submit To A Moments Passion With A Stranger,' was shown as a part of 'T1+2 Gallery Annex Projects', exhibited in Rupert Sanderson's in Mayfair, London, June 2008. Commissioned originaly for the grand opening of The Lux Cinema, Hoxton Square, London 1997.
Some more detailed information:-
Previous works have been exhibited and screened internationally including: Camden Arts Centre, New Contemporaries- ICA, Whitechapel Open, Alnolfini Bristol, National Film Theatre, Channel 4 Television, BBC2, Carlton television, Tate Britain, Guildford Cathedral. 'BachModern Project' Austria, Sofia Bulgaria, Bangkok Thailand, Hamburg , Stuttgart, Washington DC Arts Centre, Chamalieres, Annecy, Madrid, Zagreb republic of Croatia, Krakow Poland, Toronto Canada.
1991 commissioned by the BBC Bristol to make The Weatherhouse for a New Directors slot. 1993 Channel 4 Television commissioned her to write and direct, 'Sawdust For Brains And The Key Of Wisdom'(see above)shown on C4 and in two special UK cinema programs [Showcase For The Avant-garde' and 'Grotesque Imaginings' at the National Film Theatre and international festivals. 1990 'The Brooch Pin And The Sinful Clasp', (was winner of the Grand Priz Animafest Zagreb) and is distributed on 'Connoisseur Video' this work was also a part of 'Between Imagination and Reality' an Arts Council tour. The work is also referenced in 'From Beast To Blonde' author Marina Warner.
Portrait Photography by Roelof Bakker
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