Public Plate is a process based piece exploring strategies for public engagement with sustainability. It was presented to scientists and artists at a residential in April 2014 as part of Nil by Mouth; an art/science research based residency. Nil By Mouth consisted of 4 artists working with 4 different food producing communities and with scientists from the Hutton and Rowett Institutes, Aberdeen, to develop artworks that explore new ways of engaging audiences with issues of food, farming and sustainability. Nil by Mouth concluded with a presentation at the Scottish Parliament in November 2014.
Jo Hodges is a multidisciplinary public artist based in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.
Jo [www.johodges.co.uk] has 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.