Beautiful enamel work from Julia Griffiths Jones
For our first exhibtion in Gallery 3, we have invited the celebrated local artist, Julia Griffiths Jones to showcase her latest work. She describes the work in her exhibition as follows:
“The Archive as the artist’s physical and mental storage unites the remembered and the present” - PartenheimerJ. Das Archiv,The Archive published by Distanz 2014.
Just as the publicly institutionalized archive is a cultural medium of memory and a place to which cultural works are entrusted, human memory is an archive that constantly creates new relational meanings from changing perspectives. This new work on enamel is my attempt to create new meanings for my archive of drawings which were created in different places, and also to give a new perspective to the objects that I have created which are currently part of public or private collections.
I have used direct drawing methods on pre- enamelled steel as well as digital transfers and screen printing onto water jet cut shapes to continue my exploration and interpretation of the drawn line.
JULIA GRIFFITHS JONES BIOGRAPHY
Born in Bangor, North Wales in 1954 Julia grew up in Aberaeron, Ceredigion.
She studied Textiles at Winchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art and, on graduating she won a British Council Scholarship to research Slovak culture, which was the beginning of her artistic connection between Wales and Eastern Europe.
She now works mainly through the medium of steel, and produces imagery in wire which involves the translation of a drawn line on paper into a three-dimensional drawing in space.
In 2014 Griffiths Jones was awarded a Creative Wales Ambassador Award for her project "Room within a Room", an installation made in mild steel wire which was exhibited in two open air museums in Slovakia in 2015 and in a solo exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre in 2016.
Her work has been exhibited in leading galleries in Britain and Europe, and in recent years these exhibitions have included projects with The National Wool Museum, The Royal Aberdeen Childrens Hospital and Stories in the Making, a touring exhibition to galleries in Scotland and Wales.
For most of her working life Julia has been involved in the teaching of art, and is currently Senior Lecturer on the Surface Pattern Design Course at The University of Wales, Trinity Saint David/Swansea College of Art.