Josie Someo Purcell
My creativity is driven by our place within the natural world and our connections to natural resources such as water, soil, and sand. I am intrigued by the vastness of space and our relationship with our sun, moon and stars, the potency of science, and the mystery of fables and folklore.
My work is often rooted in abstract forms and I am fascinated by the psychology of aesthetics, with a particular interest in how non-documentary images provoke a response in the viewer.
The coastal and rural surroundings where I live provide my artist’s palette. I can often be found making work in-situ near the ocean or by the rivers, fields, and woodlands on my doorstep.
Predominantly using alternative photographic processes, I look to create curiosity and spark conversation about diverse environments and the human impact on them.
I have been devising and implementing sustainable photographic techniques for some time to reduce the environmental impact of my photographic practice.
I created Cornwall’s first/only alternative photography mobile darkroom, ShutterPod, in 2014. I continue to teach and hold workshops in techniques such as anthotype, cyanotype, and chemical-free lumen printing.
Find out more about my work via my website.
I gained a distinction in my MA in Photography in September 2018 via Falmouth University, with other personal highlights including:
PhD candidate: Falmouth University Environmental Futures programme
Hundred Heroines: Photography & Protest
Photopocene: launch of my photography podcast
Earth Humanities. I am a contributing member of the newly formed Earth Humanities collective. More to follow very soon.
Selected for the virtual gallery ‘Catalyst’, an online exhibition celebrating nearly a decade of arts/science collaborations as part of the ESI Creative Exchange at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute. artsandcultureexeter.co.uk/news/experience-catalyst-a-new-virtual-exhibition – read my 6000 Flowers exhibition article, created with ESI scientists.
Selected for POSTCARDS FROM GREAT BRITAIN with ShutterHub – sharing visions of British culture at various European locations. My chosen image is included in the Porto, Portugal, display running to 27 June. Find out more on the ShutterHub blog.
Selected for the Mayes Creative Artists’ Research Walk ‘Creative Observations: mayescreative.com/creativeobservations.html
Selected for the Ty Pawb Open: An Exhibition Celebrating Lockdown Creativity – typawb.wales/ty-pawb-open/
Commissioned artist for Of Earth – For Earth. This project, funded by the EU via IMP@CT (University of Exeter), is designed to create dialogues around how our modern behaviours demand that the extractive industries provide resources without damaging the planet.
Selected for the Reclaim Photography Festival Beauty in Imperfection
Commissioned artist for REFLECT Bude
Selected for ShutterHub’s Everything I Ever Learnt at Cambridge University
Continued in Shutter Hub OPEN 2018 at the5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam.
Selected for Shutter Hub OPEN 2018 at the Old Truman Brewery, London.
Nominated for the Royal Photographic Society’s Hundred Heroines project: http://www.rps100heroines.org/nominated-heroines/j/
Shortlisted for Pic.London
Exhibitions for Harena Now at Mount Pleasant Eco Park and The Fish Factory.
Shortlisted for the Eden Project/FoAM Residency: Invisible Worlds (2018).
Harena Now exhibition at Hayle Heritage Centre as part of Falmouth University’s Searching for Meaning work-in-progress show.
6000 FLOWERS – Farm for AONBees – Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute’s commissioned artist.
Garden Leave – visual artists’ residency at Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset, to help develop an arts centre.
14-18 NOW – short film about the artists participating in the Cornwall Crafts Association and National Trust’s WWI commemorative exhibition.
Phototasia – Crowdfunded and curated a one-day alternative photography festival as part of Newquay Art8.
Locations: South West