Jo Addison’s work draws on shared cultural memory and evokes an odd, intuitive recognition of familiar things, loosened from their bearings in daily life.
In Jo Addison’s process, her decisions are governed by the behaviour of materials. Individual works assimilate the physical conditions in which they are made. During necessarily short but essential studio sessions in between teaching and parenting, she works with components that she keeps deliberately close to hand, in order to enable a quick and spontaneous approach to the thing she is making. In work that is apparently casually made, the legacy of a repetitive and a paradoxically slow process is disclosed.
The title Dread one day at a time, borrowed from the cartoonist Charles M Schulz, speaks of the tension with which Addison approaches her studio, amplified by the guilt she associates with ‘poking and prodding’ at things that seem to have no bearing on the contemporary global crisis.
This is the sixth year that Tintype has commissioned an artist to make work that is installed in the gallery’s large, street-facing window during the summer break.
Please note that the Sumer Window is viewable from the street only. The gallery is closed for the Summer break.