JoWonder, (born Joanna Woodward), is an artist whose work creates a magical irony stolen from myth and tradition in folklore, literature, and painting. She is visual artist and a multi award winning animator, whose avant-garde stop frame animations have been noted by mythographer Marina Warner. The work is also included in the BFI Collection, and The World History Of Animation. For a recent interview go to: http://internationaltimes.it/interview-with-artist-jowonder/
Her animated film 'The Brooch Pin And The Sinful Clasp, was internationally acclaimed and aired on Channel 4 Television; subsequently The Wellcome Trust commissioned her to make an animated painting in bacteria of John Millais Ophelia; she has since explored stand up comedy as performance art, and performed an extract from her decoupage book with live animated projections, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton 2016. Some of her work will be featured in NEON DREAMS at 'The Lights Of Soho Gallery,' in London on April 18, 2017.
An excerpt of her performance work can viewed below as video, with stop frame animations: 'Sawdust For Brains And The Key Of Wisdom,' and 'The Brooch Pin And The Sinful Clasp'- (along with other multi media work). Use the 'portfolio' tab above for paintings and print.
Above an excerpt from an audience interactive performance in the manner of a mock Victorian Séance lasting 45 minutes. Using humor as a central device, combining storytelling with improvised performance. A chosen member of the audience drinks a cup of tea, and a process unravels which makes the participant believe in their ability to 'sculpt time.' Pale manifestations and vibrations combine to tell a tale of two children lost in a forest, an ill fated mother, an evil seductress, and an enchanted eye ball.2014-2015, at St John's Church, Bethnal Green was was voted best First Thursday(London), was also, a part of 'A Cabinet Of Wonders at' Hundred Years Gallery, (London)'The End Of The Pier Show' (Whitstable.UK).
Live music by Billy Smith.
Above animated Film: The Brooch pin And The Sinful Clasp, 18 minutes running time.
A man falls in love with a ballerina that he sees dancing at the top of a tower block and sets off on a journey to find her, he finds an evil mechanical brooch on a giant 's shawl. Giant played by renowned performance artist Rose English. Winner Grand Priz Zageb Festival and Best Newcomer Cardif animation festival and The Time Out Film Award,UK.
Jo started experimental performance work with The Washroom Collective in 2006, who's work typically involves improvisation and audience interaction. Since then she has trained with the Improbable Theater Company and explored a surreal stand up comedy persona.
Above animated Film: 'Don't Submit To A Moments Passion With A Stranger', running time 1 minute. Shown at the opening of the New Lux cinema, and with the T1+2 gallery London.
Above animated Film: Sawdust For Brains And The Key Of Wisdom was commissioned by Channel 4, Television. A woman is transformed into a puppet by a sorcerer with a magic key. She is given a glimpse of the mechanisms that create fate. Stop frame animation using puppets and live actors, running time 11 minutes:
Animated Film: 'Flatlanders.'
Shown in Guildford Cathedral to support a science debate around the nuclear experiment at 'The Centre for European Nuclear Research'(CERN) This was a collaboration with the The Very Revd Victor Stock, scientists Professors Brian Cox, and Jim Al-Khalili. Also shown as a part of 'The New Future' at The Columbia Arts Center, USA.
Animated Film: '6 Days Goodbye Poems Of Ophelia,'
Research funded by The Wellcome Trust with microbiology input from Dr Simon Park. The piece features an animated version of John Millais Ophelia created out of bacteria - to pay poetic tribute to Ophelia Call: 44(0)207-1839366.
The Day 4, section below includes a sound created by answer phone messages from, children, poets and the public.
Technology and the Evolution of the Artist's Book Brighton 2016, Solo show Brighton Buddhist centre Uk 2015, Redland Museum Cleveland Australia, Personal Histories international Book Art Exhibition-October 2014 & 2015.
'Don't Submit To A Moments Passion With A Stranger,' was shown as a part of 'T1+2 Gallery Annex Projects', exhibited in Rupert Sanderson's in Mayfair, London, June 2008. Commissioned originally for the grand opening of The Lux Cinema, Hoxton Square, London 1997.
Past work: New Contemporaries- ICA, Camden Arts Centre, Whitechapel Open, Alnolfini Bristol, National Film Theatre, Channel 4 Television, BBC2, Carlton television, Tate Britain, Guildford Cathedral. 'BachModern Project' Austria, Sofia Bulgaria, Bangkok Thailand, Hamburg , Stuttgart, Washington DC Arts Centre, Chamalieres, Annecy, Madrid, Zagreb republic of Croatia, Krakow Poland, Toronto Canada.
1991 commissioned by the BBC Bristol to make The Weatherhouse for a New Directors slot. 1993 Channel 4 Television commission to write and direct, 'Sawdust For Brains And The Key Of Wisdom'(see above)shown on C4 and in two special UK cinema programs 'Showcase For The Avant-garde' and 'Grotesque Imaginings' at the National Film Theatre and international festivals. 1990 'The Brooch Pin And The Sinful Clasp', (was winner of the Grand Priz Animafest Zagreb) and is distributed on 'Connoisseur Video' this work was also a part of 'Between Imagination and Reality' an Arts Council tour. The work is also referenced in 'From Beast To Blonde' author Marina Warner.She was a Fellow in animation at Bristol University.
Portrait Photography by Roelof Bakker