My current work investigates the relationship between object and image, permeating the boundaries between substance and spirit. The rational, industrial qualities of borosilicate glass are subverted by the constantly dissolving and changing form, which cannot be extricated from its shadow. I believe that this is how matter truly exists- charged with energy, straddling dimensions, poised at the edge of awareness. For me, bringing an idea into the world via materials is a lot like what sci fi author Douglas Adams described as “throwing oneself at the ground and missing” in order to learn how to fly. It is not just about staying open to possibility and letting go of control. Rather, it is intentionally positioning oneself on the precipice, then diving, with nothing but the faith that what is going to happen is something new, that brings the artwork to its fruition
Samantha Jones received her BA from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, her BFA from the University of Maine at Orono, and her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She remains fascinated by the dialogue between the rational and the ecstatic, pairing industrial and synthetic materials with a baroque temperament. Jones is an assistant professor of Art and at the Honors College at the University of Maine in Orono, and has participated in various residencies including the Vermont Studio Center, and Pinea Linea De Costa in Spain. She currently lives on the coast of Maine, and continues to exhibit her work throughout New England, Philadelphia, New York, and abroad.
Rapture by Proxy September 2015