The images I am most interested in making are those which throw perception into doubt; that become complex, unfathomable, and question human experience.

I am currently collaborating with the National History Museum on a project that uses an electron microscopy to examine dust gathered from my grandparents’ home in Hamburg, Germany, a city heavily bombed during World War II. I am interested in problems of human perception in relation to modern technology, questioning the scientific image as one that remains detached and outside of our experience, sitting at the precipice of our perceptual understanding. Through drawing and manipulation I want to bring the scientific photographic imagery back into the physical, material world. In this drawing/print form the back of a digital print has been covered in a skin of graphite. When crumpled and folded the two sides of the paper merge and exposed areas of digital surface and colour punctuate the reading of the dense graphite surface thereby creating a complex optically shifting form, where one layer remains continually incomplete.


2007 – 2012 PhD Research Degree, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London
2001-2005 Fellow, The Royal Academy Schools, London
1999 MA, Fine Art Printmaking, Camberwell College of Art, London
1996 BA(Hons) 1st, Loughborough College of Art & Design

Selected/Solo Exhibitions

Course Leaders – Clifford Chance, London
New Vision of Printmaking – Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, TNUA (Taipei National University of the Arts) and Complutense University of Madrid.

Another Way of Telling – Vancouver, Canada
Lichtlose Luft – solo exhibition, ParcSpace, London College of Communication
To a death in sweating wakefulness – The Pie Factory, Margate
Macau, China

Jo Love Solo Exhibition – GiG Gallery, Munich
A small constellation of photographic evidence, Cheng Art gallery, Beijing
Re:Print Re:Present – Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge

DrAwn 2gether – GIG Gallery, Munich
Against Nature – Camberwell Space, London
Intrusions: Looking after Aickman – Printroom, London
Combinations – Museum of Contemporary Art, Bangor, Ireland

Behind the eyes: Artist making images – Gallery North, University of Northumberland UK
Mote – HMS, Nottingham
Johanna Love – New Video Works – Video Space, Milton Keynes Gallery
Defining the visible and Invisible – Impact 8, Duncan of Jordanstone College, Dundee
Parallel Prints – Wharepuke, New Zealand; St Albans, UK; Galerie Apart, France

British Printmaking Japan – Kyoto City Museum, Japan & Kita Kyushu, Japan
Viewfinder, Avenue Gallery, University of Northampton
Dust (solo Exhibition), Avenue Gallery, University of Northampton

Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London
Scope – Tsinghua University, Beijing.
Impact 7– International Print Exhibition and Symposium, Monash University, Australia
Viewfinder, Artspaceh Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Viewfinder, Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University
Bite, Mall Gallery, London

Rhizomatic – Departure Gallery, London
2nd Penang International Print Exhibition, Penang State Museum and Art Gallery, Malaysia
W.A.V.E – Wimbledon Space, London
Hotplate International Print Exhibition – Pheonix Gallery, Brighton

Grey Matters – Aqffin gallery, London
Empirical – The Gallery, The University of Northampton
Works On Paper – Library Gallery, London
6th Graphic Biennial – Novosibirsk State Museum, Russia
Impact 6 – International Print Exhibition and Symposium, UWE, Bristol
Land/Water Research Group – Group exhibition with Plymouth University, Plymouth University and University of Northampton


www.thedrawingcenter.org – viewing program selection
C’est Ouvert – Plouec du Trieux, France
Talking to ourselves – Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London
Research Narratives – Chelsea College of Art & Design, London
Digital & Physical surfaces – Exhibition & Symposium, Millbank, London
We are just watching – Great Eastern Hotel, London
My Penguin – Gallery X, London
Northampton Open, Welford, Northampton
31h 05m, Petit k, Fukuoka, Japan
Elles sont passess par ici – Loguivy de La Mer, France
Summer Exhibition -The Royal Academy of Arts, London
Originals 05 – Mall galleries, London
Postgraduate Printmaking in London – Clifford Chance, London
Solo exhibition­ – Case-1 Gallery, London
Solo exhibition – Café Gallery, The Royal Academy of Arts, London
Digital art exhibition – Islington Museum, London
International Open Image – Deluxe Gallery, London
Summer Exhibition -The Royal Academy of Arts, London
Imagining the body- Camberwell College of Arts,London; Kala Bahavana, Shantiniketan, India & The National Art School,Sydney, Australia
Art & Science International Exhibition & Global Symposium – Academy of Arts & Design,Tsinghua University, China
Ida Branson Memorial Bequest Exh – Atkinson Gallery, Somerset
International Student Print Exh- The Academie Royale des BeauxArts de Brussels
Misplaced – Trinity Theatre & Arts Centre


2017 Love, J. (2017) Lichlose Luft: Lightless Air. London. Camberwell Press.
2015 Journal of Fine Art Practice ‘Somewhere between Printmaking, Photography and Drawing: Viewing contradictions within the printed image’.
2012 PhD Thesis British Library ‘Dust: Exploring new ways of viewing the printed photographic image’
2012 Grabado Y Edicion – Print and art edition Magazine.
2011 Aspiracje- Journal of the academy of fine arts in warsaw. Lato
2009 Digital print award, 6th Graphic Biennial – Novosibirsk State Museum, Russia
2008 C’est Ouvert, Exhibition Catalogue ISBN
2008 ‘Printmaking on a budget’ A&C Black 2008
2007 The Elephant Trust Award, London
2005 Elles sont passess par ici, Exhibition Catalogue ISBN 0-9550435-0-6
2004 Ambit Magazine
2003 RASAA Newsletter, issue 16
1999 The Culford Press Award, London
1998 The Yew Tree Studio Award

Conference Papers

2015 Somewhere between Printmaking, Photography and Drawing: Viewing contradictions within the printed image – Hybrid Practices in Printmaking Symposium, Chelsea College of Arts, London

2015 Dust: Exploring new ways of viewing the printed photographic image – Shadows: Material photography in a digital culture, PARC Symposium, LCC, London

2013 Impact 8, Duncan of Jordanstone College, Dundee

2011 Materiality and surface of the digital print – Wrexham International print exhibition & Symposium, Yale College, Wrexham

2010 From the emptiness of representation to the representation of emptiness, Land/Water Symposium “Landscape & the Metaphysical”, University of Plymouth

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