Jo Israelson began as a stone carver, working in limestone and marble to depict images whose roots were derived from ancient cultures. This work evolved into site-specific works that had historical underpinnings and a narrative structure. The site-specific works evolved into temporary installations that required a high degree of participation and interaction from viewers. Because these works were transitory and temporary, they called for ongoing documentation. She then turned to video to capture the essence of her work. This process led her to create experimental and documentary films.
Selected by the Carroll County Public Library to create a stone sculpture for the Mary Lou Dewey Sculpture Garden. To follow the process and progress, click here and walk along the creative path with Jo.
To honor all those who have lost their lives to war, I created Dovecote: 365 Prayers for Peace. Dovecote received the President’s Best of Show award at the 1st Biennial, Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition, 2011. View the pit firing process.
Jo Israelson was featured in the Washington Post on April 22, 2007 in an article that highlights living with installation art.