11 May - 3 June 2016
Commune.1 is pleased to present Jo Voysey’s first solo exhibition at the gallery made up of large-scale and smaller paintings on canvas.
Voysey is primarily concerned with giving painterly form to the complex relationship between humans and animals with particular interest in notions of loss and healing. Her unconventional choice of medium – medicinal remedies such as Mercurochrome, charcoal tablets, Friar’s Balsam, iodine tincture, potassium permanganate, Med-Lemon, Gastropect and copper sulphate – is most appropriate for her subject. She transforms these medicines, often contained in nondescript looking small bottles, into vibrantly coloured and layered expanses of ‘painted’ surface, pushing the painterly possibilities of the medium to its limit. The chemical make-up of the medicines cause material effects that are visceral and unstable, qualities that evoke the organic and changing nature of the body -both human and animal.
In ‘Animal’ she continues her previous explorations, adding to her anticipated figurative representations of animals by delving into new and emotive abstract territory. Using newspaper articles and other anecdotal sources as her starting point, Voysey reimagines these often devastating stories in unexpected ways. Her practice is an embodiment of the harrowing narratives of abuse, tragedy and ignorance.
Jo Voysey (b.1987, Johannesburg) completed her MFA at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2013 after obtaining a BA Fine Art degree at the University of the Witwatersrand (2010). Since graduating Voysey has exhibited works at the Cape Town Art Fair and had a solo show, ‘Remedy’, at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town (2014). She has also featured on group exhibitions such as 'Scintilla: An Alchemy Show' (2014) and 'Load Shedding' (2015) at Commune.1, ‘Do It’ (2014) and ‘Between the Lines’ (2013) at the Michaelis Galleries and ‘Fortunes Remixed’,(2014) an exhibition that travelled around South Africa constructed by The Bag Factory, Johannesburg. Voysey lives and works in Cape Town.