About this piece:
Impermanence is a by product of my Covid lock-down isolation. I made an effort to use materials already in my studio and around the house. The window covering was no longer functional and as it sat waiting to be thrown out, I realized it was a perfect accordion form. The drawing pad covers with their gaged holes on the left reminded me of film footage. I created a blind to view, (not hunt) animals. In this sense the blind spine of this book became a sequential display of desert animals photographed around my home and at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. For me the effect became like a flip book or an early moving picture. I have learned to live with black widow spiders, rattlesnakes, javelina, coyotes, bobcats, toads, jack rabbits, and mule deer. I long to see the more exotic desert animals but many are no longer found in our Sonoran landscape. Human infill, fencing, walls and sport hunting combined with extreme temperatures remind me of the impermanence of all life.
Impermanence – Also Known as the philosophical problem of change. Wikipedia
About the artist(s):
Lives and works in Tucson, Arizona, United States
Jo Andersen spent her formative years living with her family in Columbia and Panama. She has since lived in Los Angeles, Albuquerque, and Tucson. Jo’s art-making includes printmaking, installations, videos, and artist’s books. She resides in the Tucson Mountains in the Sonoran Desert. Jo’s artwork examines the relationships of nature, the interconnection between plants, animals, their habitats, and humans. Jo received her BFA from the University of Arizona and has taught private painting classes, book arts classes and printmaking workshops.