From her vantage point at Blackheath, Jo Langley finds delight and inspiration in the diversity of Blue Mountains environments. Intersections of art and environment, nature and culture, are at play in her digital montages that capture the essence of the world around us. From sweeping views of ancient rock faces and forests to the moody, gnarled conifers that line residential streets and parks.
Immersing herself in the preparatory stage, Jo observes, selects and photoographs vistas of wilderness landscapes and cloud formations, as well as close-ups of embelmatic flora and decorative detail. She incorporates the light and colour that changes depending on the time of day, weather and extremes of season. She spends countless hours collaging digital images, a meticulous process of layering and merging elements into the completed image, using processes similar to the traditional techniques of assembling collages.
Jo’s ‘Blue Mountains’ suite incorporates her fascination with Folk Art – that is the traditional decorative expression of the culture and community of ordinary people and their inherent aesthetic possibilites. Her montages are edged with borders replicating antique or retro friezes, whether drawn from decorative historical photographs and frames, posters and postcards,, or old fashioned stamped tin designs such as the lids of biscuit tins.