|Jo Dennison with Ariadne, 75 x 170 cm (2010)|
In the latest chapter of her richly textured life as textile artist, Jo Dennison of Cómpeta, Spain, stretches her imagination and talents into the world of classical allegories.
|Starting point: sketch by Jo Dennison of "The Fall of Lucifer"|
Another new work, The Fall of Lucifer, nears completion.
Born and reared in the UK midlands, Jo as a child knew she owned keen artistic abilities.
But in her household, the strong work ethic prevailed.
She loved art, wanted to go to art school. Instead, she prepared herself as a primary school teacher (up to age 11) and taught in the midlands and south England for about 35 years.
|Persephone, by Jo Dennison, 260 x 150 cm (2011)|
|Mudejar Inspired, by Jo Dennison, 200 x 850 cm|
Jo reminds me of the fabled convent nuns who supposedly went blind making petit point fire screens and hangings and tapestries.
|Two of Jo Dennisons´s palettes hanging on studio wall, photograph by Stefan van Drake (2011)|
|Studio installation, untitled, Jo Dennison, photograph by Stefan van Drake (2011)|
“Photographs failed to show the texture and embroidery,” she explains.
So I shot a couple of ArtTraveler videos so you could see her explain how she creates her works.
|"Sierra Sky," photograph by Stefan van Drake (2009)|