Born 1959 in London, England. Lives and works in New Haven, CT.
While made with sturdy industrial materials, Jilaine Jones’ sculptures imply a poetic motion that compels viewers to move around them and perceive them not as singular objects but as human-scale constructions of lines, volumes, and voids. Jones’ abstract geometric forms find influence in the work of Modernist sculptors Anthony Caro and Tim Scott—with whom the artist worked and trained—but Jones’ sculptures more directly engage the body of the viewer than the work of her predecessors did. Inspired primarily by the way that a body moves in and through space, many of Jones’ works result from her observation of a model’s movement through open-form scaffolding in her studio. As a result, her works allude to both architecture and the human form and addresses the relationship of the body to its constructed environment.