Made By Industry

JO KELLEY



BIOGRAPHY

Jo studied at St. Martins School of Art, London (1975-1978) and Goldsmiths College, London (1978-1979). She has exhibited widely, more recent exhibitions have included: Hope, Glór, Co, Clare, 2016, Tweetbox, at IMPACT 9 International Printmaking Symposium Hangzhou, China, 2015 and other venues; National Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London, 2014; Deception and Sacrifice-the Lion, Bear and Fox, Southern Graphic Conference International, San Francisco, 2014; Play/Space, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, 2012; Ireland: Alphabet Series, which has toured to the Irish Arts Center, New York, 2011; National Print Museum, Dublin, 2012 & Cork County Library Headquarters, 2012; Artifice, Backwater Artists Group, 2011.

Her work is included in the following collections; Arts Council Northern Ireland; University College Cork; Crawford Art Gallery Cork and in private collections.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT
‘There is nothing more marvelous or madder than real life’ (The Sandman, Hoffmann)
The automaton or doll, is a facsimile of the body, and at the same time rejects biological meaning. This replica can be made of any material, can have a historical provenance, utilize any scale, and any distortion. It is manufactured, yet transcends its origin, a profoundly unheimlich presence.
I am interested in narrative devices, mythology, and fairy tales. The original fairy tale collections, reflect a sometimes cruel and random world. These stories have been sanitized and rendered benign. The Chordettes in 1954 implored Mr Sandman to send them a dream boyfriend. The eighteenth century Sandman, would take the eyes of naughty children who did not go to bed, to feed his hungry owl children.






No Birds in the Hand
Lithograph
30 x 41cm





Mabel Street
Screen-print
56 x 67cm





Bubble
Etching
17 x 21cm





Copelia
Mezzotint
24 x 26cm





Dime Store
Mezzotint
12 x 14cm





Levitation
Etching
20 x 16 cm