Visiting Tin Shop artist explores antiquity, natural world
Summit Daily News
After skiing the bowls at Breck Sunday, Jo Going, draped in a turquoise dress, stretches her arms leisurely behind her head and kicks up her green-slippered feet. The air smells of sweet sage and the resident Tin Shop artist sips tea as she expounds her love for Alaska.
“I’ve always had a yearning in my soul for the far North,” said Going. “It has exceeded my expectations and has helped me realize both my spiritual and artistic goals. …I want to meld the imagery of the far North with expanded iconography.”
While in Breck, Going will work on a book exploring both the far North and the classical world of Rome, Greece and contemporary Italy.
A painting and mixed media artist from Homer, Alaska, her work generally centers on exploring personal encounters with wild animals in the Kachemak Bay area. Her current project will expand upon her love for the wild North by incorporating her Italian heritage. She plans to create 100 hand-bound books integrating pop-up art with poetry written in both English and Italian.
Going has lived in Alaska for 26 years and grew up in New England in a bilingual home. A product of both the far North and Italy, she’s keen on both areas of the world and she said she wishes to express her admiration through artistic renderings.
Her book project will last two to three years and she also plans to live in Italy, where she’ll participate in artist programs to further her creative impulse.
Her work consists of producing large and small-scale mixed media, three-dimensional paintings and sculptures.
During her local stay, Going will focus on watercolors depicting combinations of imagery from classical antiquity and Northern life. She will eventually photograph these three-dimensional paper sculptures and cut them out to create pop-up books for viewers.
“Ideas just come from the great mystery,” she said. “… The artistic journey is being committed to art as a way of living and breathing. It’s a vocation, not a profession.”
Going said she feels like she was born in the Renaissance and somehow ended up in the 21st century. Besides creating art, she teaches yoga, aerobics and dance. Her devotion to outdoors life includes an interest in all things active, such as skiing, hiking, boating and kayaking.
Going studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York City and received her Master of Visual Arts degree from the University of California at San Diego. She has also taught painting and drawing classes at the University of Alaska, the University of California at San Diego and the University of Rhode Island.
Going’s work has been exhibited in California, New York, Alaska, Ireland, Iceland, Washington D.C. and Greenland. In Greenland, she made a series of sculptures and paintings in response to global warming. She has also published a book, “Wild Cranes,” featuring imagery and poetry of northern life.
A free workshop, “Painting From the Imagination,” will be held Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Participants will create a painting using guided imagery and watercolors. Space is limited, so interested parties must call in advance to reserve a space.
Open studio hours are being held Thursdays through Sundays through March 20, 2-6 p.m.
All events are held at the Tin Shop, 117 East Washington Ave. in Breck. For more information contact Jenn Cram at (970) 547-3116 or WebsiteArt@townofbreckenridge.com.
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