What to do with all that I have collected? My work wanders through place and time by recording experience with words, drawings, photos– usually combined. No medium alone says enough. Together, they are a way of knowing places, negotiating change.
If there is a central figure, and often there is, this person is engaged in observation, taking it all in, passing through–not unlike the flânerie of nineteenth century Paris. The flâneur, or flâneuse, in my case, is both spectator and spectacle.
Prior to moving to the Des Moines area Mary Jones worked as an illustrator and designer in Chicago, IL. She has illustrated four books for children. Her current practice focuses on painting, printmaking and bookbinding. Her work is in several public collections, including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Illinois State Museum, and the Prudential Insurance Company of America. For the past 12 years, she has taught art and design at Grand View University in Des Moines.
Mary Jones – 2014
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