Jojo Taylor London, United Kingdom
I make moving tableaux that incorporate, sound, song, performance and film. I graduated with an MA from Central Saint Martins in 2017 with a distinction. My most recent work which was part of the year long Lifeboat residency with Artquest and ACAVA, involved a durational piece, where I set myself a rule to work on a new idea every visit to the studio.
I attempt to magnify the sometimes bizarre nature of different events in a fragmented narrative, often possessing a dreamscape quality, as I inquire into the relationship between the ‘ordinary’ and the ‘strange’, the inner sphere of the imagination and external realities of the everyday. My work is sometimes based on stories, but always on my curiosity about the world that I occupy, offering an other-worldly alternative to reality.
To this end I conducted interviews on altered states of consciousness including hallucinations, out of body experiences and grief, and devised work based on peoples stories that were performed at The Room and the Tate Exchange. Intrigued by the absurd, uncanny, powerful and playful aspects of life, by the moments when we lose our very sense of self, I make moving tableaux that often incorporate, sound, song, performance and film. Costumed characters reveal themselves in surreal, carnivalesque scenes displaying ritualistic tendencies. I am interested in the psychological impact of sound and endeavour to harness its affective qualities within my work through my use of voice and the sonic qualities of items as diverse as body parts and teapots. My work questions what it means to be human, through an exploration of the component parts of life’s dilemmas and my idiosyncratic presentations of the human soul.