Contemporary Art Matters is proud to present an exhibition of Heather Jones, an accomplished artist based in South-Western Ohio, gaining attention for her sewn-fabric works. Jones’ solo exhibition ‘Black Rock and Beyond’ will be on view June 25-August 28, 2020, with a socially-distanced private tour opportunity on June 25. She had the unique privilege of being one of the inaugural artist-in residence at Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock Senegal in 2019 and will be included in the forthcoming Dakar Biennial. Dakar, the ocean front capital of Senegal, is famous for its colonial architecture, beaches, rich musical culture. Senegal is also important to US slave trade history with its memorial House of Slaves and the Door of No Return on Goree Island. This experience had a profound and lasting effect on her work that will continue for some time.
“I am drawn to fabric, to its familiarity, its inherent qualities of saturated color and textural luminosity, and its invitation to be touched. Fabric reflects, captures, and interacts with light in a way that no paint can.” Her gorgeous sewn abstractions examine the boundaries between fine art painting and traditional quilting. Her geometric pieces push the formal possibilities of color and design, while investigating conceptual issues involving the sociopolitical relationships between gender, culture, time and place while questioning what makes a “painting”? She simultaneously draws inspiration equally from the quilting traditions of her Euro-Appalachian ancestors, and Color Field painters like Ellsworth Kelly.
Jones studied art history at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art,
Architecture, and Planning, earning both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (ABT). Her work has been exhibited widely at national and international venues including the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH (solo); Art on Paper, New York, NY; Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL; Marta Hewett Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; Iowa Quilt Museum, Winterset, IA; New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA; the University of California, Berkley, CA; Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany; drj- dr. julius | ap, Berlin, Germany; Five Walls, Melbourne, Australia; and M17 Contemporary Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine. Jones’ first book, Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday was released in October 2015 by STC Craft, an imprint of Abrams, New York.