Jo Davis Trench lives and works in London.
She studied constructed textiles at the Royal College of Art before Printmaking at Camberwell.
She has worked as a textile designer in Italy and New York, taught in London, held residencies in the UK and abroad, mentored prisoners in art and taken part in group and solo exhibitions. She continues to make and develop prints and books.
Her recent work currently explores ancient geology and the iconography of Medieval Church carvings.
Jo Trench's recent work engages in a visual dialogue with the religious and secular imagery of medieval church carvings. These misericords and bench ends reflect an age of faith where visual metaphors were frequently used to convey God's message, where the terrors awaiting the guilty in Hell were vividly evoked.
To walk into one of the East Anglian churches is to enter another age, where the carvings become animated by the fables, stories and scenes that inspired them.
Besides the fabulous beasts that are part of this teeming yet ordered world there are intensely observed depictions of nature, as exemplified by the owl with a mouse in its beak in Norwich Cathedral.
Beasts and More Beasts - Misericord carvings & medieval bestiaries
September 1 - 24 Free entry
from 12 pm Friday 1 September
9.30 - 4.30 Monday - Saturday, 10 - 3 Sundays
OPEN DAY Saturday 9 September 9.30am - 4.30pm.
Jo Trench will be in the gallery all day.