Marilyn Jones


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.

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Sculptures on display at Massey University, Wellington Aotearoa NZ

Sculptures on display at Massey University, Wellington Aotearoa NZ

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Upcoming show

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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