“Works of provocative narrative and beauty”

The Independent

Joe close-up

I paint and draw and sometimes make video work but my focus on sculpture has become a permanent presence. With melodramatic narratives to talk about things that are current, processing things I see and hear in the news or simply walking down the street, loosely fabricated to highlight the ridiculous.

Reactivation and continuation of traditions, the uncanny familiar of the everyday, the connection between intense memories, ideas and structures that echo the well known and the exterior world that now soaks through.

The idea of transgression and the element of the grotesque and everything else that puzzles me about this planet and my place in it. Now times flow in a wonky direction, scary.....but exciting times for an artist like me.

My plan is to make something itch, I want the viewer to have a thought provoking candy coloured experience from my brain, which feels fit to burst with idiotic information. From small time town living to having a crush on clowns and always being attracted to colourful distractions, this entity adding to my wildest imagination and showing the transparency and flickering nature of the world.

"...and crawling on the planet's face were insects, called the Human Race..." Rocky Horror

"Joe Hesketh is obviously a character and it shows in her large and brazenly sensuous paintings… Hesketh gives oils the translucent resonance of watercolours… this alone invests her improvisations with the heady dizziness of highly ambivalent dreams. You’re never quite sure whether what’s going on is a matter of fun or fear."

The Guardian

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