Sunday, October 2, 2011

5. Jo Metson Scott

Sometimes things happen for a reason and there is no explanation for it at all as to why. Is this fate? Do you even believe in that malarkey. Hell knows, all we know is that Jo Metson Scott is a little super star in the making. We were contacted by Jo and asked if we would be interested in featuring, after a cup of tea, a small nap then a jog round the block we realised that this was a no brainier. Actually we tell lies, we knew instantly we had to post about it.

Back in 2006 JMS collaborated with set designer Nicola Yeoman and the rest is what they call history. Arrgh that’s what we say but this is what the jargon says.

Through a mutual process of experimentation, shared interests and admiration of each other’s practices, Metson Scott and Yeoman’s partnership began in 2006 when they created a displaced pirate ship crashing through an open copse in an unknown British woodland. The success of this working relationship developed into an ongoing series over the following years. ‘And Then…’ explores notions of childlike fantasies, escapism, and Neverland make-believe worlds that are created in times of play and adventure. The images capture elaborate dens and temporary spaces that exist for only a short time, using a few props, found items or the fauna around the locale.

This series of photographs contain open-ended narratives, leaving room for the viewer’s own imagination or interpretation; the outcome can be as innocent or as macabre as you would wish it to be. ‘And Then…’ deals with displacement, things that are not quite as they should be, for example sea-bound ships or UFO’s in woodland, and driverless horse drawn carriages charging through an open field. They appear ghostly when seen through a supernatural mist or fog.

The landscapes within the ‘And Then…’ series are as important as the structures themselves, a fallen branch within the woods can take on the role of the bow of a ship, or the wing of a plane. It is the shapes created in nature that feed this project.

Jo Metson Scott’s website [click here]

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