An exhibition of new work created by UK-based artist Jo Peel especially for One Eleven Gallery in Siem Reap. 

Best known as the gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor, Siem Reap has become a bustling tourist town in it’s own right, a place that has seen fast paced growth in recent years as global migration and tourism take hold.

As the red dust is swept away and the tarmac rolls over to assimilate Siem Reap into a modern attraction, this is a town in transition. Through these paintings I would like to explore this by looking at the quiet moments that are at odds with the pace of the modern world. 

Drink carts waiting in the shade, waiting rooms with rows of plastic chairs and fuel poured from an old whisky bottle.   

And a little red dust.

No stranger to Siem Reap having last visited with her family in 2018, Peel spends her time documenting in great detail her fascination with everyday scenes and scenarios the world over. From abandoned east London construction sites to the streets of Tokyo and Pittsburgh, all are captured in her well observed and uniquely executed style.

By drawing, Peel offers her view that these cityscapes are as important to the topographic psyche as the natural beauty of the nature that surrounds it. This is not finding beauty in the dust; this is offering a new language to understand what is beautiful.

This exploration of the urban metamorphosis is executed in a variety of mediums ranging from huge public murals and hand painted animations to canvas and fine art editions. 

Jo has created a number of short animated films based upon huge wall murals which she painstakingly paints and repaints for each frame in a time-lapse process which may take three or four weeks for a 3 minute edit.  Her “Things Change” short film painted on the Village Underground Wall in Shoreditch, London was shortlisted for best animation as part of the 2012 programme at Encounters Short film and Animation festival and went on to become an Vimeo online sensation with over 100,000 views.


Exhibition Opening & Artist Reception:
6.00PM, 15 February 2020