Drawing from elements of abstraction and romanticism, Josephine’s current work explores perception, the limitations of art and the artist’s control over a viewer’s response.
The works experiment with how much information needs to exist in a piece for it to be perceived and accepted as art; raising the question of why a viewer instinctively objectifies and tries to ‘makes sense’ of abstraction, composing naturalistic images from unintended shapes and forms.
An ongoing aim of her work is to try and provoke a viewer’s most personal response. Creating imagery that is devoid of a prevailing narrative, Josephine’s work is not just open to, but encourages individual interpretation. Using traditional Japanese Aesthetics as a guiding principle, subtlety and detail are critical; the smallest of details can mark an image as either too literal, or as an image lacking in content.
Grounded in printmaking’s process and materials, her work has become increasingly experimental. Using traditional techniques and materials in a non-traditional way, the creative process is as instrumental to the work as the initial concept or desired aesthetic.