Meet The Rising Star Rachel Jones On Her Big Immersive Works
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Meet The Rising Star Rachel Jones On Her Big Immersive Works

March 24, 2022 Share

Rachel Jones large paintings immerse us in her inner life full of contrasts. Her soulful pieces are touching and soothing. She also spells out her challenges as a young British female artist.

Rachel Jones’ monumental paintings evoke a sensory, bodily experience upon viewing. Vibrantly coloured lines and patterns clash and pulsate feverishly across the canvas, hinting at recognisable forms before giving way to pure abstraction. 

“I’ve always been interested in doing work that reflects my world experience,” says the artist, who attended the prestigious Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools in London.

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Rachel Jones with works from her 2021 exhibition “SMIIILLLLEEEE.” PHOTO: ADAMA JALLOH

Working in painting, installation, sound and performance, Rachel Jones explores a sense of self as a visual, visceral experience. In her paintings, she grapples with the challenges of finding optical means to convey abstract concepts. 

In depicting the psychological truths of being and the emotions, abstraction becomes a way of expressing the intangible. 

Jones repeats motifs and symbols across her series to create associative, even familial, relationships between them, underscoring their kinship as part of her ongoing investigation of identity.

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A recent painting by Rachel Jones. PHOTO: COURTESY OF THADDEUS ROPAC

Abstracted mouths and teeth suggest a symbolic and literal entry point to the interior and the self. Within this vivid inner landscape, oral and, more recently, floral forms emerge and recede from view. 

Her expressive use of colour becomes a way of provoking or communicating with viewers, who bring their own lived experiences and cultural backgrounds to the interpretation of her works. The artist creates tension or friction in her paintings through the kaleidoscopic palette, the boldness of competing forms and the interplay of textures. 

This sense of community and shared history comes to the fore in her installations and performances, in which imagery, sound and music combine in a celebration of Jones’ culture.

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A recent painting by Rachel Jones. PHOTO: COURTESY OF THADDEUS ROPAC
Author: Michelle Laver