Jodee Knowles

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We spoke to the creative and inspirational, Sydney based artist Jodee Knowles, known for her whimsical, dark and occasionally confronting paintings. Jodee has been carving her path in the Australian and international art scene, with shows nationally and abroad. Her work tinkers with the idea of the human condition and targets a hidden quiet place within all of us,  it is captivating on both a visual and emotional level, all while taking you to places aesthetically unexplored. 
 Being the diverse creative she is, Jodee and her partner Gerard J. Cranney also run a wickedly dark clothing brand, Father Superior, which is a collaborative label, focusing on their creative community as well as taking a poignant look at fast fashion and retaliating with the furry that is Father superior’s aesthetic. 
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I would be a golden jellyfish, they are very rare and dependant on light to survive, they are also hosts to many other organisms and these organisms are reliant on the golden jellyfish for survival, they live in the jellies tissues and provide their hosts with energy as a byproduct of their photosynthesis. 
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There is a certain look people some times give, my partner and I have attempted to document this look and have dubbed it “the knowing face”. It is when you catch someone off guard with something they did not know or are taken back by something, it is a face which your false mannerisms fade away and the true self is shown, it’s as if you almost see the persons soul, I find that beautiful. 
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I started after high school and met the love of my life at tafe, he was very talented and changed how I viewed the world and art and taught me how to be brave and to not be afraid to get my message across with my visual art, it was mainly little sketches with pen on paper. His name was Matt Doust who was an incredible oil painter who sadly died at a young age from epilepsy. My works now has evolved into paintings but I still use pen as it’s my favourite medium. 

I developed  my style early on in my practice, over the last 10 years I’ve been refining this, it has evolved into emotional content that the public seems to relate to. it has been a natural progression due to time and repetition. 
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At times it is, but I could not imagine doing anything else, it can be hard constantly being your own boss, however, it does give you the freedom to shape your future and own your decisions confidently. 

At times it is, but I could not imagine doing anything else, it can be hard constantly being your own boss, however, it does give you the freedom to shape your future and own your decisions confidently. 
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My partner and I have been working on our fourth collection for our label Father Superior, with the release of our new hp and Microsoft advert coming out this week to promote the label and our art work. I Will be having a long stint in the blue mountains doing a residency, working on a very important solo show and installation concept, plus lots more mural with the launch of three new walls at internationally renowned  hair salon Valonz. 
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