Artist Statement

Jo’s practice unpacks identity that is housed in others and objects.  Presenting dualities of comfort and pain, as well as, growth and loss. Jo presents growth narratives as an alternative for recovery narratives to reconstruct recovery as non-linear.  They examine memory and the innate desire to document and preserve our lives as a means of knowing who we are.  Organization of space and the books they create are used to engage the viewer mentally and physically, creating a space of solitude and reflection.  Jo’s practice is interdisciplinary with a focus on objects and printmaking to create books, as language is the centre of their practice. 

Growth both autonomously and symbiotically with another individual is explored visually and conceptually.  Jo explores the fluctuation, degradation and growth of oneself, using the work as a means to preserve what cannot be preserved.  They use imagery of transitional objects to speak about the cyclical process of growth from loss and loss from growth, as well as, absence.  Objects used to facilitate the work consist of their baby blankets, driftwood and aloe plants.

Language is used as a tool to disrupt the ways in which words are consumed as a means to create a space to pause.  There is a certain amount of ambiguity in the text to allow for the viewers to insert themselves into the narrative.  The poetry present in the work is fragmented to reflect our fluctuating and deteriorating memories as well as our relationship to our identity.


JO YETTER     647-864-3471    [email protected]


2016-2011            Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Printmaking, OCAD University, Toronto, ON – 2016 Medal Winner

2014                    University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Mobility Student, studied Printmaking, Book Arts and Papermaking

Two Person Exhibitions

2015                       Obsession, Project: Spaces, Toronto, ON

                               Galleria 814, Toronto, ON

2014                       Command Print, Gallery 633, Philadelphia, PA

Group Exhibitions

2018                        Flashback/ Fastforward, Living Arts Centre Gallery, Mississauga, ON

2017                        50/50 Print Sale - GradEx 102,  OCAD U, Toronto, ON

                                Bi-Arts Festival Exhibition, D-Beatstro, Toronto, ON - Juried

2016                       GradEx 101, OCAD U, Toronto, ON

                                Post- Print, Beaver Hall, Toronto, ON

                               Home*, BAND Gallery, Toronto, ON - Juried

2015                       Delta: The Difference, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON - Juried

2014                        Ice Breakers, Gallery 633, Philadelphia, PA

                               2014 Retrospective Show, The Great Hall at OCAD U, Toronto, ON - Juried

                               The Salon Show, Project Gallery,Toronto, ON - Juried

                               Print Show, John M. Parrot Gallery, Belleville, ON 

2013                       Brazen: Sexual Stigma Overcome, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON - Juried

                               Faith Sector, UofT Koffler House,Toronto, ON

                               Target Practice, OCAD U Transit Space,Toronto, ON

2011                        OCAD U Emerging Artist Student Showcase,Great Hall, Toronto, ON – Juried

Art Fairs

2017                        Toronto Art Book Fair, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, ON

2016                        Canzine, Art Gallery of Ontario,Toronto, ON

                                Queen West Art Crawl, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, ON

                                OCAD U Zine fair, OCAD U, Toronto, ON

2015                        OCAD U Book Arts Fair, OCAD U, Toronto,ON

Residencies/ Fellowships

2017-18                   Wood Studio Fellowship, The Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, ON

2017                        Gallery A/ Art Lab, Studio Residency, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON

Publications/ Print Exchanges

2016                       'Migration', Acta Victoriana, April 20, 2016, 140:2

2014-16                    Print Exchange – Printmaking department, OCAD University

2014                         Print Exchange – Printmaking department, University of the Arts

2014                         This Much, co-editor, Toronto, OCAD U Publications. Edition 150

Awards/ Grants

2016                        Nora E Vaughan Award – OCAD University

2016                        BMO1st Art! Competition Nominee

2016                        Sharon Merkur Memorial Award – OCAD University

2016                        OCAD U Printmaking Medal Winner 2015-16

2014                        OCAD University’s Emerging Artists and Designers Award

2011                         Earla Alexander Scholarship – OCAD University

Presentations/ Workshops/ Teaching

2017- present         Drawing and Painting Instructor, Living Arts Centre, ON               

2017                        Book Binding Workshop, RMG Fridays, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

                                Artist Talk, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

2016                        Instructor, The Harbourfront Centre, TO, ON

2014-present          Facilitate art and printmaking workshops, Toronto District School Board

2014                        Organizer and creator, This Much Professional: Art and Publications Conference, OCAD University, Toronto, ON


2017-18       Gallery Assistant, Living Arts Centre Gallery, ON (installation, handling)

2012            All Night Convenience, Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, Nuit Blanche, (installation and production)                                                           

2011            Flightpath Toronto, Usman Haque and Natalie Jeremijenko, Nuit Blanche, (facilitation of the work)                                               


The Eastman Art Hive,Toronto, ON

OCAD U Archive, Toronto,ON

University of the Arts Archive, Philadelphia, PA

Private Collections in Canada, USA and Portugal

Using Format