|High Light Bell
5-30 May 2010
Private view: Tuesday 4th May 2010, 6-9pm
Katherine Jones house-like structures are a recurring motif across her prints. Whether shed or dwelling, glass-house or house-frame, friend or foe, her archetypal house shapes emerge from her installations and etchings. The prints themselves tell hybrid stories; different versions of mythical tales overlap one another as branches thicken to impenetrable forests. Subverted from their original offerings of shelter and safety, Jonesâ€™ houses are haunted shells, skeletal frames emitting an other-worldly glow, the ghost of the house itself.
This spectral subversion is carried over to Jonesâ€™ artistâ€™s book. Opening the cover of High Light Bell, the form of the house within slowly expands, rendered solid by its delicate frame. Paradoxically opening this book does not reveal its meaning nor share hidden secrets. The core of the fragile form remains impenetrable leaving you to decifer your own narrative as you trace the veins of its opaque skin.
Katherine Jones is a fellow at the City and Guilds London Art School and was recently awarded the Northern Print Biennale Solution Group Prize.