artist statement by Stephen Towns
The work of Kerry Jones is preoccupied with space. Her conception of space is both physical and experiential, real and metaphysical. An early interest in the created reality of the theatre has been of lasting influence to her work. Jones has a poet’s response to the world around her, in which she locates and explores hidden spaces within the urban environment as the source of her installation work. These spaces take on a personal significance due to their physical characteristics, the objects they contain, to their sense of place and identity. These chosen spaces have a resonance for Jones and it this resonance that forms the basis of her work. Her working process begins with an examination of all the elements within a space, almost akin to an archaeological study. She identifies objects within that space that she deems to be important, and uses the materials she finds there to create “installations” that synthesise her own experiences and responses into a site specific artwork. Jones is seeking to create an alternative reality in which the spectator can examine a space as if for the first time, a space that evokes both physical and emotional/ personal responses. The work poses questions rather than providing answers, linking to Jones interest in phantasy architecture. She sees her practice relating more to painting than sculpture, poetic rather than pragmatic and it is this dichotomy that gives her work its original vision.
Artist and curator, Hampshire Sculpture Trust