Sarah Jones’ complex and beguiling images link the themes of composition and gesture, lighting and colour, and our relationships with places.
Sarah Jones: Photographs featured both new and previous work showcasing Jones’ contemplative images. Jones’ photographs interweave the figurative elements of portraiture and still life to create works haunted by the events that preceded their taking. Common themes include empty therapists’ couches, urban gardens and parks, and domestic spaces, often featuring posed young women. Binding the images together is a sense of what is not there: of a ghostly presence and things absent.
The exhibition feaured a selection of Jones’ signature large-scale colour photographs alongside a range of new work. The artist used the museum’s collection as inspiration for these new images, and the exhibition also included reproductions of a curated selection of photographs chosen by Jones.
Sarah Jones was born in London in 1959. A graduate of the MA Fine Art course at Goldsmiths College in London, she has taught photography at the Royal College of Art, London and held a research post at Derby University. An internationally exhibited photographer, Jones’ solo exhibitions have included Le Consortium, Dijon (1997 and 2000), the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (1999) and Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany (1999). Her work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions.