Jo Hummel’s work is characterized by a painted and collaged paper surface in which she employs spontaneous variations of space, colour and form.
Although her pictorial collages have a physical and material character, the context is deliberately anthropological and Hummel’s works are inspired by human habits and behavior, with a special interest in determinism and free will, as well as formal concerns.
His artworks are based on her commitment to honesty and realness. Employing real found materials for her collage paintings can reveal blobs of paint, marks or fault lines. Hummel does not condemn any of those imperfections: scars add to the painting rather than take away. Marks are allowed to stay in the final painting because they don’t affect the art. As she explains: «The human fall of perfectionism is something that I am working on. I am trying to not fall victim to, which can be easy. That’s something creative you can get possessed by perfectionism. This is not conducive to a sort of realistic healthy way of making work. I allow these accidents and rabbishy bits to stay part of the final painting. The perfectionist cannot handle it».