Research Students 2013

Jo Voysey

I explore medicine as a medium for painting. The medicine comprises self-medicated pharmaceutical products, tinctures and galenicals. I am interested in the associations suggested by this medicine when it becomes painted surface, the figurative forms the surface can evoke and how these can transform into visual metaphor for notions of trauma and inevitably, healing. I am particularly concerned with animal/human relations, an interest sparked by my personal experience of a caged bear during my stay in Georgia, Eastern Europe in 2011. It was in the town of Gori that I first encountered the bear. I was immediately drawn to this confined beast and visited him every day. The notion of the bear, his surroundings, his behaviour and what I perceived to be his keen desire for contact with me, triggered strong feelings that I wanted to paint.