Jo Wilmot, Neon Lights, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas,120x167cm
Wilmot is interested in the way shiny newness becomes tarnished, and how fast a longed-for item or experience switches from desirable to banal. Our culture of glossy images and objects lead us to believe the next purchase of cocktail will make us complete, the cycle of mindless consumerism relies on our belief that the new is always better. Through her paintings, she explores the way in which we define ourselves through consumption and consumer culture. It is all about the surface of things; being seen in the right places, looking gorgeous with gleaming white teeth. But life is messier than films and advertising and however much we pursue the illusion, it inevitably falls short. We all have disappointments that leave a feeling of slight emptiness, claustrophobia or frustration, which is what she aims to achieve in her work. A seductive, hand-made aesthetic of gesture provides a tension between execution and the subject matter, undermining the desirability of the luxurious object depicted.
Jo Wilmot lives and works in London. She has MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2005. Recent exhibitions include Painting the Pixel, Gallery North, Newcastle, 2014; Digital Sensation, Baltic 39, Newcastle, 2013; House of All Nations, Shag, Brooklyn, New York, 2012; Collectable, ZAP, London, 2012; Art +III, Resy Mujisers Contemporary Art, Tilberg, The Netherlands, 2012 and Art +IV, Resy Mujisers Contemporary Art, Tilberg, The Netherlands.