Not-So-Idle Hands: Jo Ganter Does the Doodling at Upright Gallery Edinburgh

Jo Ganter, 'Tangle, untangle'
Jo Ganter, 'Tangle, untangle'

Jo Ganter RSA: Doodling with Intent 

Wed - Fri 11:00 - 17:00, Sat 12:00 - 16:00

From: 16 Sep 2023

To: 6 Oct 2023

Upright Gallery
3 Barclay Terrace
Edinburgh & the Lothians
EH10 4HP

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The dictionary tells us that to dodge is ‘to draw or scribble idly’

During lockdown, Jo Ganter RSA gave herself permission to work freely and without intention, making small watercolour paintings as doodles. The small scale of the work is an essential part of the doodle, often limited to marginalia or the back of envelopes. Ganter improvised, revised and followed ideas in unexpected directions – decorative, gestural, bizarre, garish, even senseless.

She says, ‘Inevitably, I use tropes of image-making I can’t help but retain after forty years’ practice. My usual play of symmetry and asymmetry isn’t so strict as in much of my work, but structures appear in my doodles. I always work in series, and here also I have followed ideas through several iterations. And, of course, to intend to be aimless is an intention nevertheless.’

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