Jo Lathwood has developed a highly experimental sculpture and installation based practice. Driven by a curiosity of how things are fabricated, Lathwood uses a wide variety of materials to reveal forgotten, or sometimes re-appropriated, techniques.
Play is essential to Lathwood’s work, often developing new way of working through experimentation with materials. Her alchemical practice varies from experiments in making her own bronze to developing a methodology to cast with tree resin. Regular themes in her work include natural phenomena, structures and movement.
In 2011, Lathwood was artist-in-residence at I-Park, a 450 acre woodland estate in Connecticut USA. During this time she continued her ongoing experimentation and research into the use of tree resin as a sculptural material. This research continues at Grizedale Forest and will be part of a new site specific piece in the forest.
During the I-Park residency Lathwood also created the installation Trunk and Spine in a tree that had been damaged by a storm. Due to the extent of the damage approximately half of the trunk had been lost, leaving the survival of the tree in question. For the installation Lathwood created an oak accessory for this unique Douglas Fir as an aid to re-balance the structure. The clean break in the trunk revealed a 360-degree lookout over the changing landscape of I-Park's buildings and woodland from a chair sited at the very top of the broken trunk, 23ft in the air, in a space that would normally be solid wood.
Jo Lathwood was born in Bristol, England in 1984. She studied at the University of Brighton, graduating with a First Class Degree in Fine Art Sculpture. She has exhibited in galleries around the UK and internationally, and has taken part in various residency programmes and biennials in the USA, Canada, France, Belgium and Austria. In 2012, she became the co-director of Ore and Ingot an artist-led fine art bronze foundry based in Bristol.