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Jo Lathwood Paper Diamond #1


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Gouache on paper, unframed


29.7 x 21cm (A4)

Paper Diamond #1 is part of an ongoing investigation into the symbols of value and wealth. Crystal formations have long
been a thread within my practice. I have hidden bronze diamonds in the woods, made large feldspar constructions (which one could walk through) and illustrated historic graphite experiments. As naturally forming geometric compositions, I feel they sit outside the everyday expectation of organic forms. The history of the diamond, crystal faceting and the quest for synthetic reproduction holds many reflections our of scientific and cultural development.

During the 2020 Covid Pandemic, I concreted on smaller works away from my studio. This series of paintings are part of a new line of enquiry to document and explore these forms further.


The artist

Jo Lathwood

Jo Lathwood

Jo Lathwood makes sculptures and large scale installations which regularly respond to a particular site, event, material or process. Working with recycled timber she has built a meandering staircase that travelled across 3 stories to facilitate the audience to touch the roof of a church. Experimenting with foundry technologies she has developed a way of making homemade lava sculptures and though researching traditional techniques she has made inks from Oak Galls.

Her portfolio varies greatly in form, scale, context and method of production, encompassing: temporary and permanent public art, exhibitions curated for galleries and heritage sites (often as the outcome of an artist residency) and studio-based work. Lathwood lives and works in Bristol. Her studio is based at Spike Island Artspace.