Karis

Jones

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Watercolor

My work pushes recognizable human form into a place of liminal existence where we no longer understand and we no longer feel a comfortable connection to it.

Artist Statement

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.

Artist Bio

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.

purely coincidental
you’ve been dead for years
purely coincidental
you’ve been dead for years
Tonsillitis
Tonsillitis
Warm and Moving
Warm and Moving
be helped
be helped
rabid bits of time
rabid bits of time
I Am No Longer Afraid
I Am No Longer Afraid
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press them against the floor
don’t do this in front of the kids
press them against the floor
don’t do this in front of the kids
Sweet Babies Cry for the Cool Taste of Milking
Sweet Babies Cry for the Cool Taste of Milking

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

1720 N. Shartel Ave. Suite B

Oklahoma City, OK 73103

(405)879-2400

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