Briton Caroline PM Jones is an artist and sculptor, now based in California. After exploring the fluidity of light, water and emotion in her acclaimed “Pool Series” — the artist has journeyed into the Mojave Desert to interact with the monolithic, ancient and immovable with her latest project “Formations.”
Over a stone
What is flying
Is only clouds
To create these strikingly organic works using stone, pastel, clay, oil paint and video, the artist spent countless hours and days with her subjects in the Mojave: “Like the Formations themselves, I exposed myself to the wind, the heat, and the sounds of the desert. What stays with me is the novelty of these miraculous forms and how they have come together.” Although permanent and primeval, the artist conveys a dynamism and living quality in her work. “The way I’ve composed the pieces relates to the spatial conditioning of the groupings. Like a family grown together, or breaking apart, they stand or lie in various stages of light — unified, cracked, broken, yet still proud and strong.” The painting and drawings en plein air capture the raw limitations and simplicity of line caused by the natural editing process of time and light. The studio canvasses reflect the intimate experience of that time in a picture-perfect moment with a certain tonal hue. The act of carving the “Formations” out of stone was a journey in itself. The sculpting allowed the artist to ‘travel’ across surfaces, spending time in the crevices, cutting the stone, chiseling the shapes and sanding the form. The fired clay sculptures have purposefully undergone a process not dissimilar to the actual life cycle of the Mojave monoliths.
Says the artist: “According to Zen, and captured perfectly in the Haiku above, human energy and power is at its optimum when we attain a state of calm and poise, in which we can face life with equanimity and sincerity. This is how I view the beautiful and living “Formations” in my series.”
Works in Corporate and Private Collections, featured in International Auctions and Charity events:
Paintings,drawings, sculptures and photographs are in numerous collections in Hong Kong, America, Britain, China, India, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Gibraltar, South Africa, France and Bermuda.