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Jo Ball

13 – 30 November 2023

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Jo Ball is an artist and gardener based in Bristol. Her works looks at the relationships between people, plants and the surrounding world. She is interested in emotional responses to matter and invisible connections between things.

Her sculptural practice uses material gathered from her allotment, often incorporating organic substances that change throughout the installation. Her practice also includes participatory commissions that often involve inviting the public to grow plants. She received a DYCP in 2021 and is currently working towards a solo presentation of new work at Studio Kind, Barnstaple in 2024 as well as group shows at APT Gallery, Deptford and ACEarts, Somerton. From December 2023 to May 2024 she will have a studio at Spike Island, Bristol.

Jo was at the Launderette space in November 2023. She used it as a testing space for installation elements too large to play with in her home studio. Being able to see things outside of the studio in a clear, white-walled environment and arrange elements with more space around them changed the way things looked. Several pieces which had initially been thought of as unsuccessful looked very different and will be developed further. Several visits from other artists and friends happened through out the fortnight to get feedback and see how they responded to the work. An open studio event was held on the last weekend.

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