Jo Sinclair: Navigating the Soul's Journey

In the feature gallery:

Jo Sinclair
Navigating the Soul's Journey 

On View: May 6-27, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6, 4-7pm
Artists Talk: Friday, May 19, 11am

Jo Sinclair has ventured into uncharted waters with the graphic and richly layered mixed-media paintings that make up her newest body of work titled Navigating the Soul's Journey. Through this series, Jo explores the essence of life’s voyage, stating that, “the artworks in this exhibit represent where I have been, where I am now, and reveal to me new horizons to creatively experiment, explore, discover and innovate.” 

For this personal and introspective body of work, Sinclair decided to take a risk by shifting away from the encaustic paintings for which she is known, to experiment with layered acrylic paint and elements of text, including pages from books and dictionaries, excerpted passages of poetry, and handwritten pages culled from daily journaling, amongst other elements.  

While working on this series, Jo was affected by a number of obstacles in her daily life that included the physical, mental and spiritual challenges of close friends, the impact of Hurricane Matthew, and distress over global turmoil. As a way of exploring and sharing these experiences through her artwork, Jo incorporates strong metaphors and symbolism into her work. Examples include “the metaphor of the boat as the soul and the incorporation of nautical symbols to narrate her stories and what she describes as the essence of life’s voyage — “from inspiration, through deep waters, dark nights and perfect storms, and finally ascending into spirit and healing waters.” 


About the Artist

Jo Sinclair has been a professional artist, arts educator, designer, and creative consultant for the past 39 years, graduating with a BFA and honors from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1978 and a Masters of Art Education in 2013 from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Sinclair has worked in a range of different media throughout her career, including sculptural weaving, sculptural paper, mixed-media jewelry, oil pastel, painting, collage, assemblage and encaustics. Her artwork has been included in numerous exhibitions at venues such as the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL; and others. Her work is also represented in many private and corporate collections, including International Paper Corporation, Memphis, TN; Indian Wells Country Club, Indian Wells, CA; and Walt Disney Corporation, Orlando, FL. She is a veteran exhibitor and award winner in the national art fair circuit. Sinclair also has extensive experience as an arts educator, having taught at numerous institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL; the Art Institute of Jacksonville, FL, and the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach, where she continues to teach children’s art camps.