Residual is an exhibition of drawings by Lisa Jones, whose broader practice spans sculpture and sitespecific installation.
The Residual series is a palimpsest of everyday meanderings. In an era of GPS, sat-nav and Google Maps,we increasingly take prescribed routes to places and rarely walk for the sake of the journey itself. For Jones, walking in the city is an opportunity to explore the built environment and find traces within it of forgotten, overlooked or marginalised aspects of the city. Similarly, the process of drawing is a way in which Jones investigates place and memory.
The starting point for many of the works in this exhibition are cracks the artist has found in paving. Physical traces of these cracks are layered in all the drawings in Residual, drawings that map the artist’s experiences of walking in the cities in which she has lived. The series is as much an exploration of these cities as the emotional tensions of Jones’ dual nationality and inculcated historic imprint.
The Residual drawings are experimentations in creating 3-dimensional drawings. This is a sculptural approach to drawing. In Residual, Jones employs multiple layers and mobilises erasure to reflect on time. The drawings map development and change within the urban environment but also return to drawing as mark-making: physical traces left by a body in a process that takes time. These works are site-specific drawings that speak to how we navigate, lose and find ourselves in rapidly changing, fast-growing cities.
Lisa Jones is a Sydney-based artist, originally from London, where she studied at Goldsmiths and Wimbledon School of Art. She also has an MFA from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and an MVA from Sydney College of the Arts. Jones has been a finalist in the ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, and the City of Hobart Art Prize. Her works have been acquired by Artbank, Macquarie University Art Gallery, and the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Prize. She has recently exhibited at the National Art School, Port Macquarie Hastings Regional Gallery, Artspace Mackay and Drawings Projects (UK).