John Hoke by Jo Hamilton
- Year of creation
- Mixed yarn
- 53 x 71 cm
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Jo Hamilton uses only a crochet hook and yarn to make her art. She began using her unusual crochet technique to portray the city of Portland and its people. She works from her own photographs, using no sketches, grapas or computer imaging. Each piece is instinctively composed, one knot at a time, from the inside out, and one portrait, row-by-row, can take up to a month to complete. In using this unorthodox artistic technique Jo hopes to shift the expectations and boundaries of both fine art and craft.
On the US West coast Jo has had several well-received shows featuring her portraits, as well as her giant Portland cityscape (2006-2009; a ten-by-five foot composite map of the city as imagined from above).
A new portrait series of mug shots from local county jail records is currently underway. Jo's other main body of work in progress consists of large reclining male nudes, more than twice life-size, which she plans to exhibit later this year. In addition she has completed several portrait commissions of local people.
Magazine articles on her work have been published in the US and the UK. Jo Hamilton relocated to Portland, from Scotland in the mid 1990s. She studied drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in1993.