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Gallery Conversation » The Beyond Artist Louise Jones
Join us for Gallery Conversation with Louise Jones, an artist in the temporary exhibition The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe & Contemporary Art, to discuss tracing the process, inspiration, and native flora in her artwork.
Space is limited; please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early.
The Gallery Conversation is free, but a ticket to the exhibition is required: $10 (Free for members and youth ages 18 and under), available at Guest Services or https://crystalbridges.org/okeeffe .
About the Artist
Patterns, repetition, and beauty coalesce in Louise Jones’s massive compositions to create works based in nature. By her own admittance, Jones’s initial interest in flowers amounted to a thinly veiled excuse to explore color and form in a representational format. While these formal interests persist, after years of painting flowers, Jones has also begun to understand these subjects in relation to the female body and her own femininity, even when these themes are not explicitly evident in the final works. Her floral imagery is organic and speaks to nature, but often the flowers envisioned on the walls or canvas are not based on plants found in the natural world, but rather sprout from her imagination, combining remembered pieces of different flowers into new blossoms.
For certain projects, such as this exhibition, Jones looks to specific botanical examples for inspiration. Knowing that this show was opening in Bentonville, Arkansas, she met with local experts to learn about native species of flowers. The final work is an amalgamation of Jones’s unique vision and the natural flora of the Ozarks.