born: 1970, Halstead, Essex.
studied: 1989-92 BA Hons Fine Art (Painting), Manchester Metropolitan University
Lives and works in Cardiff, Wales.
Dealing with the authenticity of the image in the digital age, Jo builds new layers into the process of representation. Editing and re-photographing found photographs, often over-looked images from dusty corners of the internet, the process itself becomes the work.
Visual references become hard to find in the blur of paint, and the viewer is forced to find a new meaning. Any narrative has become decontextualised.
Text by Sean Edwards, Y Lle Celf Catalogue, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Vale of Glamorgan 2012
Jo Berry`s exquisite photorealist paintings were one such example. Displaying cropped sections of seemingly recognisable moments from film or television, the works have a strange dreamlike quality, with the blurring and cropping serving to push the images just that little bit further away from a recognisable fiction, creating an awkward disorientation.