"Vanitas with Bird Book" by Polly Jones
artist: POLLY JONES
VANITAS WITH BIRD BOOK
24" x 24" Mixed media acrylic on unframed gallery wrapped canvas, white edges, wired and read to hang
Daydreams in Bright Hours is an exploration into the possibility of transcendence in the midst of ordinary life. Bright sunlight shines through the studio window and illuminates objects on a table. Eventually, flowers wilt and the sun changes position. That one perfect moment passes and a broader recognition of time filters into the evolving image. A sense of mindfulness and gratitude for a particular moment becomes a part of the painting.
Polka dots reference and make room for faith in atoms, spirit, pixels, and all the things that are difficult, if not impossible, to see in our world. Grappling with these ingredients is a serious and joyful form of play–a delight in the properties of color, light, pattern, and texture. Layers of paint and vintage paper ephemera bring other voices and viewpoints into the image and invite a closer look. This slowing down and time spent with paper is an antidote to scrolling through digital screens. It asks us to daydream.
Polly Jones grew up in the flat lands and big sky country of Littlefield and Plainview, Texas, and received her BFA in painting from Abilene Christian University. She has had solo exhibitions in Tennessee and Texas, and participated in numerous group and juried exhibits. Her work is collected across the USA and internationally. Polly has been featured in Create Magazine and Studio Magazine. She lives and works in Abilene, Texas, with her husband, an artist and ACU professor.
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