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About my art-making processes

I use gum-strip tape to construct scenes containing everyday objects and fragments of posed figures. Their suspension and placement create frozen moments (real or imaginary) in time.
Making my sculptures and installations is a pendulum movement between casting and drawing with the gum-strip tape. My art-making process is an archaeology of touch.

Visitors to "Future ReCollections" at West Gallery, Quay Arts

"Raining Tools" from "Future ReCollections" solo show at West Gallery, Quay Arts 2017

Drawing is an important part of my art practice, often as a reflective, time-based activity. My installations are either drawing or gum-strip based. I use a wide range of drawing media and methods, physical and digital.

Charcoal on tissue paper installation for "Truncations" solo show at ARCH Window Gallery, Ryde 2022 H:2.6m W:2.3m D:1.4m

Charcoal & tissue installation "Truncations" solo show ARCH Window Gallery, Ryde 2022 H:2.6m W:2.3m D:1.4m

Sometimes I include interactive digital elements such as QR codes to give people the choice of how they would like to experience my artwork - in silence or with soundscapes. I often include my planning drawings alongside my installations, as I find people are as interested in my exploratory processes as the final production.

"Washing" gum-strip construction H:2m W:1m D:1.5m & digital plan drawing

"Washing" gum-strip construction H:2m W:1m D:1.5m & digital plan drawing

I've been making sculptures and installations using gum-strip tape and linseed oil since my time as a Fine Art student at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford.

"Shrine" gum-strip construction. Photography by Iain Austin Davies.

Life-size "Shrine" gum-strip construction. Photography by Iain Austin Davies.

I put together a combination of materials and casting processes via exploration and reflection on feeling homesick at the time and wanting to make my sense of loss more visible/tangible.

Gum-strip casting materials

Gum-strip casting & construction continues to be relevant for me to realise ideas around past, current & future histories of places, work and people. Initially I thought the materials would be ephemeral and wouldn't last, but my sculptures have proven to be far more robust than they look.

Joanna Kori at work. Photography by Sam French.
Joanna Kori at work. Photography by Sam French.
Joanna Kori at work. Photography by Sam French.

Joanna Kori at work. Photography by Sam French.

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