"Inspirational moments of being, past and present, internal and external, human and divine.
Creative process, stream of consciousness flowing through subject, form and content.
Mix of media, materials and expressions of a personal visual vocabulary.
The artwork is poetic; language of art + poetry + spirit + soul.
Throughout the thematic series, narrative images and symbolic abstractions are threads of my autobiography.
I let go and am at peace." - ©2020 Jo Sinclair
THROUGH WISDOM WATERS
Solo Exhibition * 2019
NAVIGATING THE SOUL'S JOURNEY SERIES
Solo Exhibition * 2017
The theme for this series and exhibition, Navigating the Soul's Journey, washed over me in the fall of 2016 when I decided to express the essence of the soul's voyage, my voyage during the creative process. Although I originally planned to create beautiful ethereal seascapes in encaustic painting for the solo show at Arts on Douglas Gallery, New Smyrna Beach, FL, May 2017, major obstacles were thrown into my creative ocean. From personal and close friends' physical, mental and spiritual challenges, the impact of hurricane Matthew, world turmoil, and pressures of time constraint challenged my comfort zone. And a small, still voice inside became sonorous - screaming to me to take the risk and journey to the depths. From the burning flames of inspiration, through deep waters, dark nights and depths of perfect storms, to poetic ascension into spirit and healing waters, the image and symbol of the mythic soul boat emerged.
The tales of my travels during this creative time are layered throughout the mixed-media surfaces. Chosen pages from Rollo May's book, "Courage to Create", excerpted passages of poetry, defined papers from an old dictionary, selected images and text from a book of masterpiece paintings, and significant handwritten pages culled from daily journals enhance the viewer's engagement with the artwork. The metaphor of the boat as soul, the incorporation of nautical symbols, the exploration of a primary palette and the expression of fire and water further narrates the trials and tribulations of my personal artistic journey, symbolic of one's life voyage and the treasures found within.
I persevered as captain of my mythic soul boat. The body of work I created, including Poetic Passage - Self Portrait of the Artist as Soul Boat above, serves as a reminder of where I have been, mindful of where I am now, and reveals to me new horizons to creatively discover, explore, experiment and innovate.
I look forward to embarking on more journeys of the soul,
mark-makings of now and becoming,
and future poetic visions.
WAY OF BEE-ING SERIES
From Two-Person Exhibition * 2016
I feel at home with the medium of encaustics. This piece Way of Bee-ing, along with the mixed-media encaustic paintings from the entire series of the same name, shown at my 2-person exhibition "Birds and Bees" at The Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach Florida in Spring of 2016
"bee"-speaks of a lighter more joyful side.
Working with the beeswax reminds me of the hours spent as a young child under the hot summer sun
melting Crayola crayons with a small magnifying glass on the sidewalk.
Yet now it is the adult artist at play.
I continue to seek for the sweet spots and BEE in the flow with art of encaustic painting.
THE ARTIST WAY SERIES
Selected Artwork * 2003 - 2004
The heART of ART epitomizes The Artist Way Series. The artwork honors the beauty of the artist’s art tools, art materials, art books, art images, found objects and soul and spirit of the artist’s knowledge and creative process with reverent composition. Created in response to myself as a studio artist, as an art appreciation instructor and through the tradition of mixed-media collage and assemblage art set by such masters as Picasso, Jim Dine, and Robert Rauschenberg, the work embodies a collection of these well used, yet treasured, things from the studio. Reproductions of famous works of art from pages of the old art history book, "Art of the Western World from ancient Greek to Post-Modernism" by Michael Wood, are significantly collaged, earliest artworks at top to later masterpieces on bottom, all underneath the assembled found objects from my studio and the studios of three artist friends. Central to the ‘heart’ of the artwork is the opening to the Table of Contents from the remaining binding of the book set inside edges of folded draped canvas and tubes of well-used paint. One of my very special red pencils with a story all its own is arranged and embedded within this page of content to symbolize a connection with and deep solemn respect toward all artists and their artworks throughout the history of western art.
From my heART to yours.
SEAT OF THE SOUL SERIES
Selected Artworks * 2006 - Present
Seat of the Soul Series continues The Artist Way Series with small mixed-media chairs assembled from found objects and embellished with fragments and poetic lines of meaningful text. From the mark of a red pencil suspended in front of a poem in the Artist/Poet Chair to the egg that is hatched nesting within the first page of ACT 1-Spring, these chairs invite the viewer:
To sit in contemplation, meditation, and imagination.
POET LANDSCAPE SERIES
Selected Artworks * 2004 - 2009
From abstract color field paintings to more literal translations of the landscape / seascape assembled and collaged with found object s and layers of personal symbols, motifs, text and images, Poet Landscape Series explores the places of nature the artist finds spirit and soul. Above, A Place in Spring invites the viewer through a window into the warm glow of the day's setting sun upon the marsh. Three other significant works in this series include Twilight Passage to Dawn, an autobiographical visual poem layered with personal symbols, motifs, and images. Passage that stands tall like an icon with its formal invitation to enter the dark. And the tryptic, Dialogue at Dawn, that opens to a language of atmospheric light glowing from the written flames below that have ignited the poet’s soul.
Take the time to wander the path of visual poetry.
LAND & SEA SMALL ENCAUSTICS
Selected Artworks * 2010 - Present
From the first moment heating the luscious beeswax and rich pigment on the surface of a painting, watching it glisten as I fuse the layers in an workshop in 2010, I have been captivated with the ancient art of encaustics. I was inspired to do something with the bees by the amazing apiculture work of my husband, Bo Sterk, beekeeper, bee whisperer. Yet I am allergic to honey bees. So unable to participate and share in his passion, I discovered my own in this artform. I enjoy experimenting and exploring the medium and adding my own mixed-media elements. I am continuously curious about the natural balance between hot and cold, liquid and solid, and control and act of letting go with the process.
I began my journey into the art of encaustic painting through the path of the landscape, particularly along the marshlands, then along the beaches near my home. Spring in the Marsh I above glows in the warmth of the sun. Threads and lines of special poetic text weave across the view,
tying this work and others to my lineage as a weaver.
The journey continues though tapestries of land and sea.
Selected Artworks * 1983 - 1990
I wandered into the mystical land of the Southwest Desert, once an ancient inland sea.
Like an archeologist, I search for signs, symbols, artifacts and talismans that might reveal the history found within its forms such as Running Ridge.
While below...a rushing river of creativity from the sea long ago echoes in the canyons of the vastness of my soul.
The Desert Song,
Resounding the past, resounding the future, essence remembered.
The Legend of the White Feather continues.
LEGEND OF THE WHITE FEATHER
Selected Artworks * 1980 - 1982
Selected Artworks * 1980 - 1982