Ella Jo Skinner is a Welsh audio visual artist. Skinner’s multidisciplinary approach to art-making seeks to break down distinctions between genre and disciplines to find a unified art form that can be experienced by all six senses. Her work provokes visceral, bodily, and sensual reactions within the viewer that cannot be articulated through language and moves beyond ideas of history, society, and politics. Taking inspiration from Antonin Artaud’s The Theatre of Cruelty, and the British Anti-Psychiatry movement, she uses her work to find a means of communication away from social structures which successfully captures the primal, expressive body of the human.
Skinner specialises in synthetic plastics such as latex and resin, installation, sound and film. She works closely with musicians and producers to deliver artistic direction for projects both in the UK and abroad. She has previously been commissioned by Manchester Collective for their debut LP “The Centre is Everywhere” in collaboration with the seminal composer Phillip Glass, released on Icelandic producer Valgeir Sigurðsson’s label Bedroom Community in 2021. She has also been commissioned by independent production houses in Los Angeles, California and the North of England.
Her previous projects include, The Politics of Looking, in collaboration with rapper and choreographer Black Haine’s collective All Choreographers are Bastards, at Manchester Art Gallery in 2019 and her solo exhibition The Flesh of Himation showcasing in 2022 at industrial arts space Kallergi Four, Athens, Greece.