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Check out Jennifer Susan Jones’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Susan Jones.

Jennifer Susan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a Southern California-based mixed media artist and art writer specializing in the creative process and art therapy. I have a counseling degree and I’ve worked with clients using various art therapy modalities including sand play therapy (in which clients build symbolic scenes in a sand tray using miniatures). The act of building — and witnessing the building of — “little worlds in boxes” influences my style of mixed media assemblage art, as does my lifelong love of dioramas. Many of my cigar box pieces are surreal, fantastic snapshots into worlds that reflect my love of science fiction and fantasy. I also make larger-sized (often illuminated) assemblage pieces based on themes put forth by various exhibitions as well as requests for commissioned pieces.

I enjoy the sport of triathlon, and I often come up with ideas for new projects during my workouts. I find swimming to be particularly meditative. I’m inspired by the assemblage work of well-known artists such as Louise Nevelson and Joseph Cornell, as well as the diverse artwork produced by the artists I read about, interview, and associate with. In this increasingly virtual, fast-paced world, I cherish the old-fashioned arts of magic, stop-motion animation, and puppetry, and I strive to create work based on the same principles: using physical manipulation, illumination, and atmosphere to evoke feelings of enchantment and childlike wonder.

My academic and practical counseling background provides me with a deep understanding of emotions and human nature, which assists me when interviewing and working with artists and creatives. My position as a freelance arts writer has given me the opportunity to visit many galleries and artists’ studios and speak intimately with artists about their creative processes as well as what inspires their work. The position has also provided me with a platform in which I can help promote lesser-known artists and showcase my passion for art writing.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I collect vintage children’s picture books (my oldest is from 1912) and I use original-source material from these books in my assemblages. I experiment with odd combinations of media such as found objects, toys, miniatures, wire, tissue paper, stiffened yarn, and LED lights, to create works wherein the impossible becomes possible, and the strange is slowly accepted. My goal is to slow people down before my work, delivering a sacred moment where the velvet curtain is drawn aside, revealing a sneak peek into a wondrous miniature landscape.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I am concerned about the ways in which the alerts and constant connectivity of smartphones are distracting us and eroding our capacity for empathy. I appreciate how art exhibitions, particularly openings, bring people together in the name of community, beauty, conversation, and art. People slow down, people converse, they laugh, they speculate about the work. They share energy, they tell stories. They dialogue about the art they are looking at. I believe that artists bring people together and they remind us of how good it feels to commune in the name of creativity.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My writing is published in Beautiful Bizarre Magazine; both in print and online. I have also written for the online magazine Art and Cake LA. My artwork can be seen on my Instagram feed, @jenjonesms, and can be viewed online at www.jennifersusanjones.com. I am finalizing a proposal for a solo exhibition at Blackboard Gallery, which is located in my home town of Camarillo, California. I have shown work there, as well as at Buenaventura Gallery, and Art Share LA.

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