In Addison’s process-orientated studio practice, 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 conditions in which they are made. During short studio sessions, 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 therefore paradoxically slow process is disclosed. With the goal of loosening familiar objects and motifs from their bearings in everyday life, she remakes each sculpture numerous times, paring down to locate and condense its essence.

Additionally, through performance events designed to stage the act of learning beyond the constraints of academia, her collaborative research with Natasha Kidd explores learning as form. Jo lives and works in London. She is represented by Tintype Gallery, where most recently she curated Work Work, a group show about the synthesis of teaching and making.