|Jowonder is an artist, writer and curator. Drawing on a range of European mythology, especially the Welsh and Irish traditions, there is also a presence of a consistent personal mythology influenced by her deep interests in science and religion. She was a Research Fellow in animation at the University of Bristol focussing on screenwriting. 2022 she curated an exhibition on the theme of Schrodinger's Cat at the Bookery Gallerie London with 21 visual artists and performers, guest speakers scientists and mathematicians; including Tom Crawford PhD in Fluid Dynamics at the University of Cambridge. |
'I admire comics, fairy tales and religion for their ability to make digestible awkward truths, my work as an animator has evolved into a form of narrative painting sometimes with an added animation and a performance element.
Technology is now an extension of ourselves, I pray that this is to seek emotions ideas and expressions not yet found and not to fit ourselves in a box.
We are becoming more and more aware that we are living on a tiny dot in a huge and unexplained universe contained also within our very selves, my work is an attempt to connect with the the unexplained and re-seek humility in the face of it.
Using an improvisational approach reflecting the processes of making stop-frame animated films; collages build into narrative and animated figures who's scales are governed by a secret law govern these worlds.
When my first animated films were shown on television in the 1990's reaching thousands of people I was thrilled, it felt like the last frontier; we didn't have the internet in those days and it was exciting to reach out past the walls of an art gallery.'
My visual art was selected twice for The New Contemporaries exhibition, in which I was also a prize winner; I have exhibited, amongst others, at Wellcome Collection, and District of Columbia Arts Center USA, in 'The New Future' with two other artists focusing on issues of science and space. I also showed in a touring exhibition 'Dear Christine,' funded by The Arts Council of Great Britain, which opened at Vane Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK, and went onto the Elysium Gallery in Swansea, Wales. My performance (as video) and visual art will feature in the 2021 Venice Biennale.
My avant-garde animated films have been screened internationally and on UK television; winning the Grand Prize at Zagreb International Festival of Animated Film, The Time Out Film Award, and Best Debute Animated Film at the British Film Awards, their stories noted by mythographer Marina Warner they are a part of the BFI Collection.'
2021 Apocalypse Biennale marking the 2021 cancelled Venice Biennale by celebrating the art of the Apocalypse: revisiting Albrecht Durer's 15th Century woodcuts and showing new work from contemporary European artists.
2020 - part of Dear Christine (a Tribute to Christine Keeler), Arthouse 1, London, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, UK. 2019 - The inaugural Wales Contemporary Exhibition, showcasing painting, drawing and original prints by national and international artists), Waterfront Gallery, Wales, UK Mall Galleries, London.
Installation and video work:
2007-'6 Days Goodbye Poems Of Ophelia' project. 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, created by the public with some of the international poetry soundscapes are still in process.
2007 Flatlanders, an animated video installation premiered in Guildford Cathedral alongside a debate which included, herself and physicists Dr Brian Cox and Dr Jim al Khalili, 'Is Science The New Religion?' The work referenced the ancient Greek character of Themis, in connection with the launch of the epic experiment at CERN, incorporating sound taken from the The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator.(thanks to Milton Mermikides for sounds).
Jowonder And The Psychic Tea Leaves, an audience interactive performance in the manner of a mock Victorian Séance; using humour 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 thanks to: Billy Smith, Jowe Head, Ansuman Biswas and Andrew Hedges.
Erwin Schrodinger was a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian-Irish physicist who developed a thought experiment called "Schrodinger's cat" where because of the problem with depicting something as both a particle and a wave, he created the ironic story about a cat being both alive and dead.
Curatorial Bookery Gallery, London, Schrodinger's Cat 2022.
I curated an exhibition on the theme of Schrodinger’s Cat in 2022, which included 21 visual artists , and took place at the Bookery Gallerie, London; Made possible with the kind help, generosity, and advice of Rosemary Walbancke and Ron Briefel, for their gallery and invaluable input, and in part to an Institute of Physics (a Public Engagement Grant Scheme funded project 2019).
Artists Included: CICI Blumstein, Dr Cream and Uberfubs, Baron Gilvan, Isobel Smith, Sarah Sparkes, the late Richard Niman (1932-2021,) Light Fantastic, Ron & Bernadette Olson, from the Jonathan Ross collection, D Kintsugi, Samar Zia, Maryam Hashemi, Tim Flitcroft, Lorenzo Belenguer, George Perendia,Leslie Butler, Paul Freilander, Max Kimber, Linda Landers with Bob Parks, Mark Stafford, and ‘Tom Rocks Maths.’ *
* 'Tom Rocks Maths' AKA Tom Crawford gave an informative talk about Gabriel's Horn, another paradox) as an event in the gallery during the exhibition. He is a mathematician at the University of Oxford where he holds the position of Early Career Teaching and Outreach Fellow at St Edmund Hall. He also runs this award-winning website and associated social media profiles on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube @tomrocksmaths.
Events also included a performance on the theme of The Emperor's New Clothes by Linda Landers and Bob Parks
Digital Exhibition catalogue 'Schrodinger's Cat'(graphic design by D Kintsugi) please click image below to download/view PDF