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Oculus by Kate Jones | Solo Exhibition

1st May - 12th June 2024

Vessel Gallery presents Oculus, a solo exhibition by the contemporary glass artist, Kate Jones.

In the artist's own words:

“This new body of work references both the evident structure of the landscape and the vast skies of the North York Moors. The rondel form in particular, gives me a 'canvas' to directly play with light and lines combined with layers of colour, whilst geometrically referencing the source that brings life to our world. Sunlight and its energies interact with our environment in a myriad of ways, which I have recently been studying, all of which, has left me with a sense of awe.

My day-to-day experience of life living and working in rural isolation, allows me to watch and contemplate this distant light fall upon the complex layers, textures and marks made by people working in the landscape. Illuminated and warmed by the sun’s rays, this stunning landscape has been carved and eroded by thousands of years of land management and the harsh northern elements.

The uplifting, visceral pleasure that glass as a material offers me as an artist to play with both light & colour, texture & form, I hope will be reflected in these pieces and that these 'Oculus' capture and invite, a sense of wonder for our complex world."

Created with Stephen Gillies, with whom Jones makes many works in collaboration, this exquisite collection of works are attributed solely to Jones, with the understanding that Gillies is the glassmaker (his driving force is the making of each piece to the best of his considerable ability) but where Jones, trained as a painter (having adapted her visual skill to mark making on glass) is the artist, breathing life into each artwork, giving each its unique beauty.

The partnership, established in 1995, continues to explore the unique qualities of the material and Stephen Gillies & Kate Jones have their work in the permanent collection of the V&A, and the specialist glass collections of The Museum for Modern Glass Coburg Germany, Broadfield House Glass Museum Dudley and Ebeltoft Glass Museum Denmark.

Gillies & Jones have also exhibited their objects in numerous exhibitions including touring with The British Council, The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa Japan & 8th Chenongi Craft Biennale, Korea & Taste, Geneva. Works are in the permanent collections of The Farringdon Collection Oxford, Bolton Museum & Art Gallery, Cartwright Hall Bradford, Cannon Hall Barnsley, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and National Museum Scotland.