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JoWonder, also known as Joanna Woodward, is an artist
, performer and writer, she tells stories about things that are real and things that aren't; seeing most things as magical including science.
I am questioning gender issues so I'm is the 'Q' in LGBTQ and will express those thoughts on British Women Artists
the art site I co-founded in 2008.
One of I surreal short stories 'Big Ben And The London Mermaids', was recently published in 'The International Times.'
My stop-frame animated films, have been screened on television and in many international festivals, winning the Grand Prize at Zagreb International Animation Festival, The Time Out Film Award, and Most Promising Newcomer at Cardiff Festival. They are noted by mythographer Marina Warner, and are a part of the BFI Collection and included in The World History Of Animation.
At primary school I convinced my friends that I was a witch, so took them on a dream journey every night. Today, when confronted by the serious subject of quantum physics; (I think), this must be just such a place of enchantment.'
In 2007, I started the Six Days Goodbye Poems Of Ophelia project, (still in process) a living painting from bacteria, a re-telling of the story of Ophelia's death depicted in John Everett Millais' original painting; seeing her death as a form of beautiful transition a return to the land. The work uses the movement of live bacteria for animation and was created in a sterile laboratory,(Wellcome Trust), poetic soundtracks to the project are created by the public.
Flatlanders (2007), a video installation premièred in Guildford Cathedral alongside a debate which included Dr Brian Cox
and Jim al Khalili, referenced the ancient Greek character of Themis, and incorporated sound taken from the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator; the LHC (The Large Hadron Collider).
Jowonder And The Psychic Tea Leaves, is an audience interactive performance in the manner of a mock Victorian Séance; using humour as a central device, combining storytelling with improvised performance. A chosen member of the audience drinks a cup of tea and the process unravels. At St John on Bethnal Green, Cabaret Futura, Courtyard Theatre and End Of The Pier Show, with live music chronologically by: Billy Smith, Jowe Head, Ansuman Biswas and Andrew Hedges