Heather Jones: Conceived in Color
August 30, 2019 - October 30, 2019
Imlay Gallery is pleased to present "Heather Jones: Conceived in Color", a new body of work by the artist, designer, and educator whose work questions and pushes traditional conceptions of both quilt making and painting. Using cotton fabric sewn together in geometric compositions, Heather explores the formal possibilities of color and shape. She is drawn to fabric as her medium for its inherent qualities of saturated color and textural luminosity-- its ability to reflect, capture, and interact with light in a way no paint can. By manipulating the fabric and pulling it taut, seam lines shift and stretch, revealing their final placement only once the painting is finished.
She is also interested in the historical and socio-political relationship between women and textiles and women's work. Exploring the relationship between gender, place, time, and culture in her work, as a way of connecting with her Euro-Appalachian ancestors who settled in southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky, many of whom made goods with their hands as their livelihood and connection to their ancestral homes. Conceptually, her work carries on the tradition of woman as maker, and it pushes the boundary between fine art and craft, and questions the definition of painting.
Heather Jones is one of 16 artists selected for Kehinde Wiley's inaugural residency program, Black Rock Senegal in Dakar, Senegal. From over 700 applicants the participants were chosen by a committee comprising artist and producer Swizz Beatz; Thelma Golden, director of the Studio Museum in Harlem; Thomas Lax, curator of performance and media art at MoMA, NY; Christine Riding, head of the curatorial department at the NationalGallery in London; and artists Mickalene Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems.