Jo co-edits Multiples, the quarterly journal of the Society of Wood Engravers. It includes articles, features, plus exhibition and book reviews.
For 'A Wood Engraving and its Poem' Jo selects a wood engraving that shares synergistic dialogue with a poem and vice versa. The pairings are impelled by an ongoing interest in ekphrasis, which is poetry produced from a source image.
Fascinated with meaning making, Jo's pairings are not always artworks directly drawn from verse. Many of her selected artworks 'meet' each other for the first time in print in the page of Multiples. This is practice involves selecting a print that speaks the particular language of a poem eloquently, or a poem that vividly brings a print to mind. These correspondences are an exercise or compulsion of the imagination. They connect artwork across time and place, fortutitous and connection-driven process in which meaning is made intuitively by the reader or viewer. Each artwork stands on its own terms, without commission in mind.
Chris Daunt, Thomas the Rhymer
// Walter Scott, 'Thomas the Rhymer'
Leonie Bradley, Playdate
// 'O Me! O Life!', Walt Whitman
Pat Jaffè, Elm
// 'New feet within my garden go', Emily Dickinson.
Sue Scullard Bluebells in a Wood
// 'Bluebells', Katharine Towers
Ian Stephens, Findings
// 'V' from 'Findings', Paul Batchelor
Thomas Bewick, tail-piece
// 'Stilt-Walking the Tyne', Pippa Little
Mei Chen Tseng, Landscape of Words
// 'Imagine a Forest', Will Harris