Rich Jones. Born in West Yorkshire, 1989.
The intention of my work is to provoke the feeling of standing on the edge of society and looking in. Removing the human focal point and replacing it with the aperture where they would naturally appear, empty or only partially present, allows the eye to fall on objects or other life that are often unconsciously out of mind. This promotes an idea of a greater reality outside of our own anthropomorphised paradigm.
Despite the removal of the human subject, the emotion is always evident. Our effect on one-another and our environment are constant themes within the symbolism and topics portrayed. The negative space left around the collectivistic subject matter offers visual encouragement for a future world with deeper harmony and understanding.
I currently live and practice in Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Canada. I would like to acknowledge and give my thanks, as the land on which I live and work are the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Delphian Gallery Open Call 2020 (3rd Dec - 3rd Jan 2020-21)