Biography

Jo Addison makes objects in which a familiar world is disclosed through the reinterpretation of everyday objects and motifs. Her work draws on shared cultural memory and evokes an odd, intuitive recognition of familiar things, loosened from their bearings in everyday life.

In Addison’s process, her decisions are governed by the behaviour of materials, individually and in relation to one another. Drawing on contemporary theories around objecthood and making, individual works assimilate the physical conditions in which they are made. During necessarily short but essential studio sessions in between teaching and parenting, she works with components and materials that she keeps deliberately close to hand, in order to enable a responsive approach to the thing she is making. In work that is apparently casually and speedily made, the legacy of a repetitive and a paradoxically slow process is disclosed.

Additionally, through performance events designed to stage the act of learning beyond the constraints of academia, her collaborative research with Natasha Kidd https://www.natashakidd.com/ explores learning as form. Jo lives and works in London.

Since 2019 Jo Addison has been working with artist Michelle Williams-Gamaker in the context of art school education to co-ordinate events designed to forge creative connections across the city of London, between art students who identify with ‘feeling isolated’ in respect of their cultural identity and lived-experience.