Selena Jones was born and raised in Oregon. She attended Knox College in Illinois, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Art. Shortly thereafter she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture. She has taught sculpture, 3D modeling, drawing, digital art, graphic design, and creative research for over six years at several community colleges, universities, and private schools, including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has shown work in China and across the USA. She maintains an active studio practice in Portland, Oregon.
Selena Jones’ recent work explores the meaning we interpret from gestures and body language. Using a variety of mediums, she combines fundamental visual components to mimic and reference gestures, mannerisms, and emotions. By manipulating figurative elements, her work describes the subtleties involved in observing and/or communicating via the body. Social constructions (gender, ethnicity, species) are abstracted or removed because of their effect on our reading of others. In doing so, the emotions and conversations in her work are expressed through a more universal language.
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