I have set up home in so many places around the world. Each time I have experienced a sense of gaining a great connection. Each move came with a new surroundings, I would adapt, make roots, friendships and ties, only to move again. I was never too sure how to piece it all together.
My photographs are a process of understanding parts of my life that have been defined by living or existing in different places, isolating feelings and experiences that do not necessarily need to be attached to a particular place or location. Creating compositions of everyday things and the study of the human life through my images has allowed me to discover an emotion or thought that has connected my present to the past.
Through my images, I am fusing my worlds together, I am subconsciously connecting fragments of time.
Photography is a relatively recent addition to Jo's life. Her work is inspired by a connection between her British urban roots and her current life in rural Victoria, Australia. Over the past few years Jo has been exploring man-made and natural landscapes through minimalist-style photography. Jo has contributed her photographs to several online contemporary and fine art magazines including Aestheticmag, Feature Shoot and Art Upon Magazine. In February of 2018, Jo held a solo exhibition of her works titled ‘Urban Dreamer’ followed by a group exhibition in December 2018 at Shelf Life Gallery in Victoria, Australia.
Jo is currently working on a book titled “Other Peoples Treasures.” The project is closely connected to her work in a residential aged care facility where Jo introduces music programmes as a way to enhance the lives of the residents. Through written vignettes, details and still life photographs, the book shares aspects of the lives of residents through images of their personal treasures. The goal of the book is to share the beauty and the richness of their unnoticed worlds.
Jo Kalinowski was born in London, UK. Her first career was as a hair stylist in London’s West End. Jo immersed herself in this fast paced industry and went on to be an artistic style director in addition to teaching apprentices in British and International salons. A curiosity and desire for travel, eventualy led her to Victoria, Australia.
Group Exhibition, Shelf Life Gallery, Taradale, Victoria, Australia
Solo Exhibition, "Urban Dreamer" Shelf Life Gallery, Taradale, Victoria, Australia
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