A patch of earth holds the promise of growth and renewal. Bound between the space of an urban allotment and her studio, artist Katherine Jones has emerged with a new collection of images that touch on our primordial instincts. The pansy is held in our hearts, it is the simple open face and divided petal form that reflects our childhood innocence, speaks from Shakespeare of love potions, and is symbolically placed in the rhetoric of feminisation
A painterly crowd of pansy blooms pushes its faces forward. There is a playing of scale, from a tiny complete face, to an enlarged and fragmented petal form. Pansy I and Pansy II are composed of multiple sheets mounted onto aluminium, and divided into the three panels of a triptych.
These special works are prescient of a new collection of paintings and prints for Jones’ forthcoming solo exhibition with Rabley Gallery in September 2021
Katherine Jones makes distinctive images that are inhabited by ordinary objects, spaces and buildings. Often the structures depicted are fragile or vulnerable, covered or transparent. They are a framework the artist uses to begin to question perceptions of safety and danger. These issues are under the surface of her everyday as an artist –mother and an individual in a challenged world environment.
Jones is a painter and a printmaker, her ideas are often exchanged between watercolour, etchings and collagraph prints. She builds layers, overlays marks and colour to create rich nuanced surfaces.
UK: Victoria and Albert Museum prints and drawings collection; V&A National Art Library; National Art library; The House of Lords; University College, London, Hospitals Art Collection; Government Art Collection; Royal Festival Hall; Winchester College; Eton College; Ashmolean Museum; University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Collection; Warwick University Art Collection; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol: Pallant House Gallery, Chichester UK. USA: Lafayette College, Boston Athenaeum, Wellesley Library, Swathmore College, PA, Yale University Library, CT. United Therapeutics Art Collection. China: Guangdong Museum, China.