Jo Beale
The paintings which refer to a sense of place reveal the process of acknowledgement of that place; the marks, shapes and colours trace the artist’s life asserting response between worlds, both emotional and physical; representational land becomes symbol (landscape) and the symbol becomes spectacle (Peggy’s Cove). What we witness in the paintings is both the internal and external rhythms of the landscape. Jo Beale’s Inner Poses introduces the threshold present in a particular mindful will that is otherwise confined and burdened by a need for expression. This series represents an acceptance of self-evolution, a trajectory that emerges from the emotional, to the physical mind. At first glance these nudes appear classical, yet they express a deeper yearning, allowing the self to escape its shell. The work articulates a journey with no ending, a winding wheel of discovery. Within this ongoing series, a triptych uses tempera, pastels and ink on thick paper, its medium reminiscent of flesh. Beale shows an important progression in her work using only charcoal at first, smudging the lines between emotional conflict and acknowledgement of sufferance. The second piece of the triptych details a release of some kind, one glowing yellow all around, then a feminine peach colour from within bringing through the mind a bodily nature. The third of the series sweeps the surface of the mind through the body, crossing the boundaries of flesh and spirit. Movement is felt in Beale’s triptych through the weight of a hand pushed to the ground, the curvature of a spine leading to slacked legs, and the arch of an arm hanging from the body. It is with deep feminine energy that one sees the figures as more than bodies, they are a release of what at first glance belongs inside. It is only after peering into the thick charcoal gestured lines, that one begins to feel the progression within. Flesh becomes an inner lining of the will that is needed for the emotional release.