Jo Risley

Contemporary sculptor, Manchester, UK

Virus
Virus

Cor-ten steel unlimited edition sculpture. Suitable for outdoors. shown is 366mm diameter £900 Also available 1000mm @ £2500 1400mm @ £5000

Embryo
Embryo

Ltd Edition Bronze on Cor-ten steel plinth No.2 of 9 approx 98x25x25cm suitable for outdoors £2995

Punk Pollen
Punk Pollen

Unique Cor-ten steel and stainless steel 35x35x35cm £1400

Sowing The Seeds of Discontent
Sowing The Seeds of Discontent

Ltd Edition Cor-ten steel and stainless steel. No. 1 of 9 40x30x26cm £1400

Sunseeker
Sunseeker

Limited Edition Bronze No.1 of 9 28x28x28cm £2995

Blastomorphosis
Blastomorphosis

Limited Edition bronze on stainless steel No.1 of 9 18 x 18 x 82cm £4000

Harbinger
Harbinger

Limited Edition bronze No.1 of 9 30 x 30 x 30cm £3600

Stack
Stack

Limited Edition bronze on stainless steel No.1 of 9 12 x 12 x 42cm £1400

Headland II
Headland II

English oak on plywood unique sculpture 40 x 40 x 40cm £1200

Water feature
Water feature

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Shell Form
Shell Form

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large garden sculptures
large garden sculptures

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About the Artist

Born in Knutsford in 1965, Jo gained a BA hons degree in Fine Art, specialising in sculpture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee in 1987.  She then gained an MA in Fine Art from The University of Ulster in 1989.
 

Jo Risley’s early work was an exploration of the human condition, in particular looking at the emotional impact of infertility. I drew from images of Baroque furniture, developing ideas initially through drawing and printmaking. I integrated found objects, such as driftwood, chair legs, lamp shades with fabric and papier mache to create sculptural forms where the human form was represented by furniture. The juxtaposition of hard and soft materials recalled flesh on bone and was intended to convey human frailty. Many of the forms had a womb like quality which is still present in much of my current work.

Jo is currently exploring forms which are derived from botany and biology but fabricated using geometric shapes to create strange otherworldly objects which are reminiscent of munitions and spacecraft.

"I want to reflect some of the anxiety I feel about the times we live in and the uncertainty about the future. I am reminded of Pandora's Box, the lid has been opened and chaos has been unleashed. The unchecked rise and reach of social media means we live in a world where we must constantly question the sources of the information we receive and be alert to how social media can be manipulated to subvert democracy. My current work explores this state of increased suspicion and sense of the invisible enemy in our midst.

"Pollen Bomb, "Astropod" and "Space Flower" were all created using multiple triangular shapes and mathematical precision. They hint at infiltration, spyware, malware, bots and viruses. "Pollen Bomb" was based on a pollen grain form. Its size and use of rusted Cor-ten steel alludes to a sea mine and creates an air of menace. "Astropod" uses a similar format. It is based on a virus but the form has been mutated by extending the points gradually from one side to the other. This gives a sense of progression as in an opening flower bud. However, as the points are angular and sharp, they convey a more mechanical and sinister purpose. The pod like form has an open hatch with a camera shutter-like frame through which one can peer. "Space Flower" is a flower/pod like form, part exotic jungle flower and part space pod, reminiscent of a "transformer" with opening flaps through which the inside is revealed. It gives the impression that it will evolve through mathematical replication to become something else."

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