Jo's work is predominantly about responding to a particular site
and is often of an ephemeral nature. It evolves from a study of
people, places and their interaction and often has a collaborative
One of her key interests is in the role of the artist in today’s society and how an artist operates within that society as an ‘activist’ and catalyst for discussion and debate. For Jo’s residency at Grizedale in 2002 she assumed the role of a commentariographer, combining the advocacy of contemporary art with her project. ‘Jo’s Journeys’ documented a series of journeys that either started or finished at Grizedale and took her North, South, East and West in Cumbria. The routes and destinations were chosen by the people she met on route and by listeners to BBC Radio Cumbria. Jo called in to Radio Cumbria each day with an update of her journey and the people and events she met along the way. The journeys are documented in a book and on CD available from the Grizedale Arts office.
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