Jo Chapman is an established site-specific artist working in the public realm on large scale public commissions for various sites. Jo has undertaken projects in the UK, France as well as commissions in India and Ireland. Alongside her commissioned work she has also lectured on foundation and degree level courses and is an arts educator facilitating workshops for galleries and community art projects.
Jo has been a practising artist for over twenty years during which time she has made temporary installations, gallery based artworks, public commissions and curated. Originally trained in embroidery Jo began by selling work through galleries and private commissions, over the last 15 years she concentrated primarily on public art projects. Her work takes inspiration from the effects of time and the discovery of beauty in the unexpected, the imagery is sourced from everyday encounters and incidents, translating these experiences through the process of drawing into completed works.
The constant challenge of working within and defining a context for each new project provides the opportunity to explore new directions and materials while at the same time building on already gained knowledge and experience. This way of working and being part of a team that can include other artists, designers, contractors, commissioners and the community is integral to her practise and is in itself a creative process.
At the core of Jo's work is drawing and an involvement in the ways that the act of drawing can be translated into different materials. The research part of the process is important and drawing is her beginning, a way to explore ideas, intentions and subject matter that is relevant to the location and the ambitions of the project.
Jo lives and works in Suffolk and sometimes France.