Nancy Jones

About the artist

Dr. Nancy Jones is a visual philosopher and multimedia artist rendering energy in image form and how our relationship with the image penetrates us with persuasive visual codes.  Her pioneering work establishing this new field motivates reflection as liberation from conditioning.  Her multimedia production embodies visual energy processes within recontextualized images from consumer culture, thereby establishing commentary on the power of looking and reflection to influence popular opinion.  Her iconic personal signature is charged with ambiguity; the sheer subtlety with which her bold painterly vision is executed through her philosophy mitigates a new form of interactive gaze that is neither male, nor female, but rather a leap into a new modernist impulse. Her paintings reveal layers of identities and relationships shifting form to individualize viewer interaction within a larger social context.  Ms. Jones received an MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and a PhD in Media Philosophy from the European Graduate School.  Her dissertation The Image is Crisis was published in 2014.

My paintings depict feminine portrayals with cultural expectations, identity and gender constructs. I pull from the world of advertising, the internet, and the technology industries to produce narratives creating my unique content with found material The women in my work create a different kind of viewing experience that intensifies the importance of the gaze found throughout my work. These style combinations and codes reference rituals and ideals. The relationship between images and how they penetrate us with persuasive visual codes in a range of constructs, prescribe normative behaviors and form our ideas of identity. Distilling the imagery down to stylistic forms, results in dialects of visual language.

The relationship between this language and the specific topic of Change and Continuity through the Image is there is a coded language of reality and it’s different styles and versions, whether accurate or distorted, these depictions are always transient in their ability to capture the moment where identity or definition lines up. Through this movement there is continuity as well as an innately changing nature of the codes and renditions. This investigation into the relationship between images and how their energy penetrates us is intended to motivate reflection on general visual codes and their processes to further a freedom toward reality.