My work investigates the unusual and emotional nature of the human condition. I represent anatomy as a species but also as an abstract structure. My confused, saturated color palette matched with odd, fantastical segments of flesh create a sense of heaviness. I dramatize the abnormalities within form; creating something that becomes alien to us. My works intimately translate humanness into its pure essence, which is strange and damaged. I am exploring the lines between reality and abstraction in which human anatomy has become my vehicle. We, as viewers, desperately try to relate to the figure because it is reminiscent of us. Flesh is familiar, we recognize and empathize with it. My work pushes recognizable human form into a place of liminal existence where we no longer understand it and we no longer feel a comfortable connection. I am exploring the incomprehensible landscape of the human existence; a reality that feels familiar, yet we cannot fully recognize.
Originally from Lawton, Oklahoma, Karis Jones received their BFA cum laude in Painting from The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, OK. Jones later went on to receive an MFA in Visual Studies from The State University of New York at Buffalo.
Jones’ work lives primarily in the world of strange watercolor figure painting and has been exhibited across the U.S. and Canada.