Jo O'Connor

(b 1972South Africa. Lives and works in Cape Town)

O’Connor’s work explores the clash of uncertainty and routine that pervades our everyday lives through the composition of repetitive and random formal elements. In a style that recalls hardedge abstraction, she employs an intuitive vocabulary of shape, colour and line to develop carefully considered, rhythmical works.

“For the works which Art Gazette has acquired, I have pared down my vocabulary by using coloured pencils and limiting the colours and type of shapes used. The shapes are hand drawn with repetitive lines, which create a vibrancy in spite of their simplicity, and are arranged with the aim of reaching an unsteady equilibrium.”

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