Jo Dacombe

Jo Dacombe
is a ClimateCultures Author

A multimedia artist creating work, installations and interventions, interested in mapping, walking, public space, sense of place, layers of history and the power of objects.

My interests include mapping, walking, public space, sense of place, layers of history and the power of objects. Developing from my original practice as a painter, I now create work, installations and interventions through a variety of media.

I began my exploration with landscape and the politics of landscape around 2004 when I became involved in the regeneration of Corby, Northamptonshire. I set up a number of creative projects running in parallel to the regeneration programme, to consider the effects of change on people living in the area. This included projects such as "Paths of Desire" and "Permission to Play", exploring people's rights to walk and behave in landscapes, the politics of land ownership, and the relationship of children and young people to urban environments.

My interest in perceptions of landscapes developed further when, from 2014-2016, I was Artist in Residence in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow until 2018. My work for "The Reliquary Project" explored ideas about animal bones, objects and landscape and how we perceive these, and responded to the processes of archaeological research at the University. Following this, I began to explore the idea of the Anthropocene, thinking about how bones and landscapes will appear to archaeologists in the future.

In early 2018 I began working on a collaborative project, Imagining Woodlands, a cross-disciplinary project with science, archaeology, literature and art to explore perceptions of forests and woodlands in the UK. This project developed as a result my University residency, but has expanded to develop strands with the University of York, resulting in a new taught module "Imagining Woodlands" for English Literature students. It also includes various creative activity in woodlands, with the University of Leicester, responding to and connecting to the environment through the senses and the creative exploration of scientific methods of environmental study.

I often work with museums, galleries and heritage, exploring the power of objects and landscapes. I work across the East Midlands, nationally and sometimes internationally. 

Jo is one of our members featuring their work as part of the ClimateCultures Quarantine Connection series. We shared her piece, Animal Tropes and Enchanted Woodlands, on Day 29 of the 40-day series.
Creative Showcase

Jo has contributed a piece on her Imminent zine to our Creative Showcase portfolio, an evolving collection of new and recent works from our members. See Imminent: a Zine on Emergency and Connectedness.

Jo's ClimateCultures posts

Imagining Woodlands Under Lockdown

Imagining Woodlands Under Lockdown

Artist Jo Dacombe shares an exercise she developed for students to respond creatively to the sensory nature of woods, and which she's adapted for online engagement with nature during Covid19 lockdown as part of her Imagining Woodlands project ... Read More
Othering -- on Woodlands, Maps and Language

Othering — on Woodlands, Maps and Language

Artist Jo Dacombe explores the othering of woodlands through maps and language as bordering us off from the natural world -- a dichotomy enabled by the Enlightenment ideas in 18th-century Europe -- and looks to ways to reconnect ... Read More
Bone Landscape, Jo Dacombe

Bone Landscapes

Artist Jo Dacombe explores sense of place, layers of history and the power of objects. Jo describes her work with museums and researchers on visual art inspired by relationships between bones and landscapes, now and into the future ... Read More