Jo Farris

Artist Statement

How do you know if you have an impact on people? Strangers who sit at traffic lights and shoppers in stores...The small kindnesses and grand gestures clash with neglect and violence. How, as artists, do we tell that story? It is that paradox that informs my work. I have spent decades recording and documenting. Now I merge form with content to tell this story of shadow people...of those known and unknown. Structuring the composition provides an invitation to the intuitive. My paintings allude to the surface beauty... painting and wiping away, of layering and staining. There is a seduction of surface as I create and destroy trying to find the truth to its relevance.

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