Jo Headington

In 2009 I began a daily practice of writing poetry, and published a project of daily poems.  'HAIKU 365' 
I began to understand how this same process could be applied to making art again.  I had barely touched a brush or pencil since graduating in 1994.  My youngest child was  born in 1995. It felt like a revelation, though of course the similarities between poetry and art are well researched and documented.
I began my way back to making art with rows of lines, drawn in graphite, ink, pastel, charcoal and paint, discovering new artists along the way, like Agnes Martin and Sean Scully.  After having seen an exhibition of Scully's work in  Dublin, I challenged myself to overcome my fear of colour.  'Morning Exercises' became an important part of that journey into colour; it entailed a daily selection of a limited palette and an A6 kraft moleskin notebook.  Often these colours would inform the paintings that I made that day; marks and lines across a small sheet of paper.  In 2015 these small, paintings accompanied by the poems written in 'Haiku 365' was curated and exhibited in a local business by two generous and supportive women Carmel Barry (who set up A Taste of Enterprise in 2006) and Carla Reynolds who worked tirelessly alongside her.  This small exhibition was my first experience of exhibiting since graduating from my Fine Arts Degree and was the impetus I needed to continue to develop my work and understanding of what compels me to make art.  I am currently working on a large commissioned dyptic for Merthyr Valley Homes to celebrate the opening of their new building in Merthyr Tydfil.  
I have also accepted a place on the MA Art Practice (Health and Well-being) at USW. 

 

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