‘Witness’ was an interactive installation that was exhibited together with the work of five other women artists at the Mackay Art Space, Queensland, 2009 for the ‘In Her Shoes’ exhibition. The work was commissioned to explore a significant moment in the artists life, which had not been traditionally marked or celebrated.

“A coat has been left hung up. The owner is not present. By doing the usually unthinkable; rifling through someone’s pockets, hidden thoughts and memories are revealed”

Visitors were invited to explore the pockets and interior of the coat where they found interactive personal items and audio works. The works explored the artist’s personal moments of reflection around witnessing the death of a close friend.

Images show visitor to exhibition exploring the work

Exhibition Invite

Categories: Exhibition, Installation, Interactive, Jo Hodges, Pre 2013

Jo Hodges

Jo Hodges is a multidisciplinary public artist based in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
with a background in Human Ecology, community development and social justice.

Her work investigates ecological and socio-cultural systems, processes and relationships, and explores new strategies for working in public. Her practice takes many forms; temporary and permanent works, site specific installations and socially engaged projects and processes. She is often led by context, where the outcome is determined as a result of process.

She is interested in research, experimentation and collaboration at the intersection of environment, culture and technology and exploring the role of art in social change. She is joint Director-Curator of Sanctuary Lab, a public art laboratory in the Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park.