Jo Shapcott


Transformation by Jo Shapcott is a beautiful, tactile volume of poetry featuring previously unpublished works. The book was designed and illustrated, typeset and hand printed by Paula Jackson and Robert Teed, whose imprint The School House Gallery Press has published it.
The book is available in a strictly limited edition of 250.

Jo's Transformation poems were originally commissioned as part of a cross-artform project in 2012, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Arts Council England, which brought together poets and visual artists to engage with a conversation about transformative experience, and to make new work for an exhibition. The Transformation exhibition featured Helen Chadwick’s Piss Flowers and newly commissioned poems by Jo Shapcott, and took place at The New School House Gallery in York in 2012.

Jo Shapcott's initial poem in the collection, Piss Flower, was inspired by the Piss Flower sculptures by Helen Chadwick, and was the final poem in Shapcott's 2010 collection, Of Mutability. The six newly commissioned poems that follow are also inspired by Chadwick's work, as well as by the first Piss Flower poem itself; and the illustrations by Jackson & Teed stem from video and other works initially inspired by Shapcott's new poems. Wheels within artistic and poetic wheels.

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