Jennifer Susan Jones is a Southern California-based mixed media artist and art writer specializing in the creative process and art therapy. She has a counseling degree and has worked with clients using various art therapy modalities including sandplay 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” has helped influence her current mixed media assemblage art that she houses in shadow and cigar boxes. Many of her cigar box pieces are surreal, fantastic snapshots into worlds that reflect her love of science fiction and fantasy. She also makes larger-sized (often illuminated) assemblage pieces based on themes put forth by various exhibitions as well as requests for commissioned pieces.
Jennifer enjoys the sport of triathlon, and often comes up with ideas for new projects during her workouts. She is 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 she associates with. Her position as an art writer for beautiful.bizarre magazine has given her 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 her with a platform in which she can help promote lesser-known artists as well as showcase her passion for art writing.
Jennifer’s academic and practical counseling background feeds her love of people and her understanding of emotions and human nature. In this increasingly virtual, fast-paced world, she holds dear the old fashioned arts of magic, stop-motion animation, and puppetry, and strives to create work which is based upon the same principles: using physical manipulation, illumination, and atmosphere to evoke feelings of enchantment and childlike wonder.
I am attracted to the old fashioned arts of magic, stop-motion animation, and puppetry, and strive to create work which is based upon the same principles: using physical manipulation, illumination, and atmosphere to evoke feelings of enchantment and childlike wonder. I strive to create unique and unusual art that, much like good Science Fiction, helps transport the viewer into a mysterious and exciting other dimension.
I experiment with odd combinations of media such as found objects, wire, tissue paper, stiffened yarn, and LED lights, to create work that conveys conflicting messages: vulnerable strength, heavy flight, and man-made nature. Within these works, the impossible becomes possible, the strange is slowly accepted, and a new creative language is spoken, delivering a novel validity. 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.