Jo Paul creates three dimensional works and installations. Often using delicate fabrics or threads as a metaphor for fragility and vulnerability, her work examines and attempts to voice the wider context of grief in a society that maintains a narrow view of its definition and a low tolerance for its expression. Where grief traditionally encompasses loss, change and endings, Jo’s work also explores the disenfranchised grief of things in life that never happened, the pain of oppression or difference, and disconnection with society or the self.
Jo completed an MA in Scenography [distinction] at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London in 2003. Her work as an artist combines with her work in the arts sector, designing for theatre and dance, participatory arts facilitation and coaching for arts and theatre organisations across the UK. Companies she has collaborated with include Candoco, Diverse City/Cirque Bijou, Emergency Exit Arts, Extant, Graeae, Heart FM/ Plusnet, Spare Tyre,Mat Fraser and Opera by Definition to name a few.
Linked to her work ‘One for Sorrow’, Jo has recently co-authored a chapter in the Routledge Book ‘The Maternal in Creative Work’, edited by Marchevska and Walkerdine.
Jo currently lives in London, continuing to work across the arts as a designer, coach and facilitator, with her visual arts practice at the centre of her life.
Jo welcomes approaches from curators, galleries and potential collaborators and is available for commissions.
Exhibitions & Residencies
2018. Freedom From Restraint, Theatre of Wine
2018. Artist residency - Embaixadores da Alegria
2017. Threads, Theatre of Wine
2016. We are Here Residency/ Installation, Making Routes, Battersea Arts Centre
2016. We Are Many, NoMo's Conference
2015. One for Sorrow, Hitchin Centre for the Arts - AA2A Residency & Exhibition
2014. All Ways: Always, Amnesty Commissioned Exhibition, Rich Mix, London
2013. Shape Open
2012. Perceptions of Balance, Shape London
2009. Holton Lee Disability Arts Open
2008. Beyond the Wilderness, SW1 Gallery, London