Jo Holland

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VIDEO: Jo Holland discusses her approach to making photographs without a camera.

VIDEO: Jo Holland discusses her approach to making photographs without a camera.

VIDEO: Jo Holland discusses her approach to making photographs without a camera.

Jo Holland studied photography at Staffordshire University where she explored the idea of making photographic prints without a camera.

Combining the duel approaches of photography and painting Jo created a hybrid form of image-making by directly exposing her painted plate through the lens of the enlarger onto ilfochrome paper.

Using organic materials, sections of animal tissue, human flesh or vegetation she creates a glass plate, which through the process of enlargement, is transformed into an abstract form. Seemingly bearing little resemblance to the source material, the final artwork is an expression of Jo's emotive understanding of her subject.

Jo has exhibited widely both in the UK and internationally. The series "Combined Unity" has run as a solo show at the Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby, 2009; Canary Wharf Window Galleries, London, 2008; the Women's Library, London, 2008 and Hoxton Hall Window Gallery, London, 2007. "Darkness of the Unknown" has been exhibited at the Nancy Victor Gallery, London, 2006, and in group shows in Austria and Denmark. Her series "Inflorescence" has been shown at the Leeds City Art Gallery, 2001; Photofolio Gallery of Fine Art, Saltaire, 2000; the Foyer Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax 1998 and the Hereford Photography Festival in 1996.

Her work will be on show at Arthouse 09 in Richmond, Surrey, on 27th and 28th June.

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Martin Barnes, Curator at the V & A London:

"I find that Jo's work has a visceral and luscious quality, made poignant by the compelling subject matter. The unique prints have to be seen 'in the flesh' to fully understand and feel their impact."

"And I admire her alternative approach to photography, dispensing of the camera in order to achieve a direct translation between light and the paper and the emotional experience of the object."