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Karin Jones, Yoke, 2017 (detail). Mild steel, leather, brass, silver, corn, cord. Photo: Anthony McLean.

Karin Jones: (body of work)

Opening reception: April 3, 5:30-7 PM
Exhibition Dates: April 3- April 14, 2018
Artist Talk: April 4, 12 noon in the Gallery

Karin Jones is presenting her MFA thesis work in an exhibition called simply body of work. The new work is a series of objects of adornment referencing restraints used during the period of the enslavement of African peoples in the Americas. Made from materials such as rusted steel, dried corn kernels, human hair, and used horses’ reins and bridles, the collars, necklaces and cuffs are mounted with museum-style brass mounts on wood panels. The work questions the ways in which historical narratives shape our identities.

Jones writes in her artist statement: “When I first began this work, the question foremost in my mind was, ‘Why do we wear this identity so proudly?’ It seemed to me that we were constantly returning to this story in an attempt to show our strength as survivors of this horrific period. The symbols of slavery presented as jewellery objects were an expression of this twisted kind of pride. As I went deeper into the work, however, I began to wonder if I was making these objects to express the relief I would feel in taking them off, in shedding the burden of history that has been placed upon me. The answer, of course, lies somewhere in the middle. This ambiguity lends the work its air of mystery.”


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Left: Karin Jones, body of work, 2018, partial installation view. Photo: Katarina Marinic.
Right: Karin Jones, Grit (detail), 2018. Mild steel, leather, hominy (corn), brass mount on birch panel. Photo: Katarina Marinic.

About the Artist:
Karin Jones, a Vancouver-based artist of African-Nova Scotian and German-Canadian descent, received a Diploma in Jewellery Art & Design from Vancouver Community College in 1993. She worked in the jewellery field for many years before shifting her focus to contemporary art. Jones is best known for her installation “Worn: Shaping Black Feminine Identity”, which centres around a Victorian dress made of braided hair extensions, commissioned by the Royal Ontario Museum in 2014. Her work has been shown in Canada, the United States, Finland, and Japan. She was a recipient of the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship in 2013. Karin Jones teaches at Vancouver Community College, where she is Department Head of Jewellery Art & Design.


Contact:
Karin Jones
604-809-3610
kmaritajones@gmail.com
https://karinjones.ca/current-work/
Instagram: @karinjones.studio

Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University
1891 Granville Street, Halifax, NS, B3J 3J6
Tuesday – Friday 11am - 5pm, Saturday 12pm - 4pm
902 494 8223
annaleonowens@nscad.ca
http://alg.nscad.ca/

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