|Joanna Woodward, also known as Jowonder, is a multi-disciplined artist and writer, she tells made up stories about things that are, and aren’t real; seeing most things as magical including science. |
Currently focusing on writing, live performance and painting, her stop-frame animated films, have been screened on television and in festivals world wide, winning the Grand Prize at Zagreb International Festival of Animated Film, The Time Out Film Award, and Best Debute Film at the British Film Awards. They are noted by mythographer Marina Warner, and are a part of the BFI Collection and included in The World History Of Animation.
'Animation, like a mural or piece of street art was something which could bypass the elitism of a mainstream gallery. When my first animated film was shown on television, I was thrilled, it felt like the last frontier. We didn't have the internet in the 1990's.
I believe that the spirit of playfulness is the most important element in any artwork, when we are playful our egos get out of the way. My animated films are created via stop frame animation, and are made large scale or so small that they require a magnifier to animate. My stories, animated films and paintings are inhabited by protagonists constantly on the verge of self-revelation.
Combining the mundane, shoes, old ladies, and teapots with the magical makes them enchanted. Everything in nature comes from nothing, this being miraculous, creates a sense of wonder; but where has our sense of 'wonder' gone? Are we becoming less enchanted?
Today, when confronted by science; (I think), this must be the place of enchantment which I seek.'
In 2007, I embarked on the '6 Days Goodbye Poems Of Ophelia' project, some of the international poetry soundscapes are currently still in process. The project is a living painting in bacteria, a re-telling of the story of Ophelia's death depicted in John Everett Millais' oil painting; seeing her death as a form of beautiful transformation a return to the land. The work uses the movement of live bacteria for animation and was created in a sterile laboratory,(commissioned by The Wellcome Trust, science by Dr Simon Park), the poetic soundtracks to the animations are created by the public.
Flatlanders (2007), an animated video installation premiered in Guildford Cathedral alongside a debate which included Dr Brian Cox and Jim al Khalili, 'Is Science The New Religion?' The work referenced the ancient Greek character of Themis,in connection with the experiment at CERN, incorporating sound taken from the The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.
Jowonder And The Psychic Tea Leaves, is an audience interactive performance in the manner of a mock Victorian Séance; using humor as a central device, incorporating improvisation. A chosen member of the audience drinks a cup of tea -and the process unravels. Some venues have been: St John on Bethnal Green, Cabaret Futura, Courtyard Theatre and End Of The Pier Show, live music chronologically by: Billy Smith, Jowe Head, Ansuman Biswas and Andrew Hedges
For a recent interview about my work see: http://internationaltimes.it/interview-with-artist-jowonder/
At the'Portfolio' tab above some of my visual art can be seen.
my animations, which are a part of the BFI and the Lux Collections, can be seen by arrangement.
Online film and performance can be seen via youtube.