Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016 – Finalist
[Image courtesy of the artist]
Jo St Baker | The Breakaway | 2015 | woodcut, carved drawing on ply | 120 x 120 x 1.2 cm
A surfing figure masterfully plays within the elusive boundary between land and sea. Using his body, he rides a solid yet intangible space between two physical states. The thresholds between land and sea, childhood and adulthood and earthly / spiritual experiences are a constant engagement for me and my work.
My methodology enables me to draw in the viewer to a private meditation with the subject. The carved engrained surface holds a tangible tension, like that of water and skin. That surface is an integral platform for the image to perform in an inky limbo. Placing the figure within a sensual and ethereal landscape.