Marilyn Jones is a Wellington based artist whose practice explores and interprets the interactions and relationships of line. Jones’ draws inspiration from modernist influences – from ‘drawing in space’ and collage techniques, to the contemplation of 1960s minimal abstraction. Her process of abstracting linear forms explores conversations between different media – steel, shadows, drawing, stitching, textiles, sculpture and painting – resulting in two and three-dimensional works existing across parallel practices.
Informed by her progression from dressmaker and patternmaker to artmaker, there is a connection to the body within her work. “My body remembers the action of hand-drawing patterns, cutting and sewing, and this influences the outcome of what I make. I consider the weight of materials, a sense of movement, the choices of texture, and the interaction of line between steel, textile, and site.”
Jones completed her Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) degree at Whiti o Rehua College of Creative Arts at Massey University Wellington. She has been a finalist in several award shows, including the Parkin Drawing Prize 2017 and 2018, and the Wallace Art Award 2018.
In August 2019, Jones’ first solo exhibition Linear Impositions, will occupy and interrupt the Toi Pōneke gallery space with a series of new works that investigate relationships between space and form.
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