'Memories are those precious moments that tell our story'
This solo exhibition by textile artist Jo Beattie is a reflection on memories and is created by machine stitching on see through fabrics. By raising the artwork from its background light and reflection enable its shadow to be the prominent picture and to tell a story.
“My work is a reflection on memories of people we love and how we associate them with what they wear. Their patterns and colours are embedded into our memory and become inseparable from our image of them. Our patterns and colours determine not only our character and how we want to be perceived by others but also define us in a time, place and culture.
My most recent work uses shadow to reflect the image of our patterns and identity. I have become interested in the way my artwork can enhance the idea of memory by having a shadow of the image reflected onto a plain background a distance away from the actual work. This enables the shadow to become larger and more defined. The work is produced in any way that best creates the atmosphere I am trying to evoke. I predominantly use machine stitch with see through backgrounds such as wire mesh to allow shadows to become an integral part of the work. I have recently started to create scenes and images of people with backgrounds which enhance the idea of time and place and also start to tell a more personal story. I currently sell my work, exhibit, deliver talks and demonstrations and also work to commissions.”
To celebrate the opening of Jo's exhibition she will be holding a launch evening on Friday, 3 June from 5-7pm - all welcome. You can also meet Jo at her Meet the Artist event on Monday, 20 June from 3-7pm where she will be on hand to talk about her work and current exhibition.
To book a viewing time during the week please ring 01332 594170
To arrange a weekend or evening appointment please ring Jo Beattie on 07582 132330