Centred on the futile search for certainty of understanding and perceived hierarchies of knowledge, artist Jo Clements’ humorous re-imaginings and re-appropriations playfully explore the complex relationship between putative information and experiential understanding through sculpture, film and installation. She draws upon archives, social media, mathematical formulas, art history and other established sources of knowledge to create work that questions accepted facts as markers of truth. Frequently sensual and often tongue in cheek the work exudes an ambiguous mix of the serious and the absurd.
Clements has a fine art, practice based PhD, lectures on the MA Contemporary Arts practice with Industry Experience at the University of Salford and was previously the Educational Director of Artists and Education CIC. Supported by a-n she completed the RD1st Coaching Programme and continues to support artists nationally through individual coaching and mentoring as well as for @artsemergency, a-n and Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. She is the overall winner of the Greater Manchester Arts Prize 2018 and is on the selection panel for the 2019 prize.