Opening Reception: Thursday February 5, 5-8pm
Saturday February 14, 11am
Masks: Yoghurt, Turmeric, Fragments, Mixed crocheted yarn, 42 x 28 inches, 2014
Jo Hamilton’s crocheted portraiture is a fascinating combination of traditional technique with contemporary subject matter. A native of Scotland, Hamilton earned a degree in painting and drawing from the Glasgow School of Art. After moving to Portland, she translated her artistic vision into the medium of crochet, which she had first learned as a child from her grandmother. Her subjects range broadly, with an enduring interest in portraiture, ranging from people she knows, to commission subjects, mugshot images, larger than life nudes, and recently, 3-dimensional mannequin-like whimsically masked heads. Each piece is compelling and poignant, informed by the vivid color and complex detail of her process and the rich tradition and contemporary approach to the crochet technique that informs them.
Born in Scotland in 1972, Jo Hamilton has lived in Oregon since 1996. She received her BFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 1993. She has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions locally and nationally, including a major 2014 show at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. She is the recipient of grants from Portland’s Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Oregon Arts Commission, was featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting television’s Oregon ArtBeat, and her work has been written about in publications nationally and internationally