We are delighted to announce that Jo Barker is the Cordis Prize winner – December 2016.

This tapestry is part of an on-going series of works that have been interested in qualities of light; contrasting tones of dense dark inky pools and shimmering layers of rich colour. There is always a feeling of movement – floating, sinking, spinning.  I make designs in an intuitive way building up layers of drawn or painted marks and gestures. I wait for a feeling of excitement, when I know that the image is right.  The finished tapestries are consciously abstract and ambiguous. I want to create a sense of something as opposed to an identifiable object or picture.