I believe in the beauty of imperfection. When I find an ugly and awkward moment between colours and shapes in my art, I feel relieved and natural. The shape of lives is not always perfect. It is stained, marked, crushed and scattered. So is art, I believe. I enjoy my process of looking for the best harmony among the absurdities. 

BIO

Jo was born in Seoul, Korea, in 1987. Having an interest in learning how people acquire emotion and their patterns of behavior, she studied Educational Psychology at Sookmyung Women’s University. Attending a women’s school also gave a great impact on her feministic perception.


Studying abnormal psychology in university, Jo has been questioning the boundaries between normal and abnormal. In her art, she likes to experiment with what we believe is normal—tradition, universal value, and rational ways of thinking. 

 

Jo immigrated to Canada in 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University. Her identity as an immigrant and an Asian female with her interracial marriage life is a major subject matter in her art.
 

ARTIST STATEMENT

The relationship between my identity and my new surroundings is one of the most important subject matters in my art. I aim to express my complex identity as an immigrant, a minority, and an Asian female in an interracial marriage. In a marginal position in society, I have been questioning the borders and relations of the in-between. My interest is also in the land and how we reside together on it.


My paintings are mainly inspired by my dreams and memories. In my dreams, my memories of Korea and Canada often blend together. Using my subconscious, I try to navigate the relationship between my Korean identity and Canadian surroundings. Even though dreams are illogical and nonsensical, they help me catch a glimpse of my feelings about the experiences in my new surroundings. 


Automatism is the main technique that I follow. I begin painting with some images and colours without planning the whole work in advance. The next step will be accompanied with intuitive decisions. The main material that I use is acrylic and oil. Each applications project fragmented ideas. In my art, objects are depicted very abstractedly and have dreamy looks. My goal is to compose each of the elements in harmony. I believe that not knowing the outcome is key in making the process more fun and enjoyable. This positive attitude toward the uncertainty is revealed in my paintings.

Artist CV

EDUCATION
 

2020

B.F.A., Drawing and Painting, OCAD University, Toronto, ON, Canada

2011     

B.A., Educational Psychology, Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea

B.A., English Language and Literature, Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea

EXHIBITION

2022    Immersed In Bliss, The Red Head Gallery, Toronto (DUO SHOW), ON, Canada

2022   Creative Resilience / Resilient Creativity, First Canadian Place, Toronto, ON, Canada
2022   Art Comp, 100 Kellogg Lane, London, ON, Canada 
2022    TOAF61: Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto, ON, Canada
2022    Overzealous 2022: Perception, Art Space Connect Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2021    Off the Screen 2021, Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2021     Unsettler’s Chair, Marong197, Seoul, Korea (SOLO SHOW)
2021     Collective Experience, Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2021     VAM43 Juried Show, Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood, Mississauga, ON, Canada
2021     Sanitized Activity / Emerging Artists Exhibition, Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2020    Off the Screen 2020, Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2020    Fresh Paint / New Construction, Art Mûr, Montreal, QC, Canada
2020    Festival of The Body, OCADU-Ada Slaight Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2019    Pop Down, OCADU Exhibition, Toronto, ON, Canada
2019    Unknowable Unknowing, OCADU Exhibition, Toronto, ON, Canada
2018    Migration, OCADU Exhibition, Toronto, ON, Canada
2016    Why the @#&! Do You Paint?: Go Figure, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada


AWARDS
2020    Passion in Painting Award, Fred Hagan
2020    Emerging Artist Award, Drawing & Painting Class of 2020: GRADEx 105