Approved: 15.09.2008

Jessica Lloyd-Jones

Artist, Maker

Approved: 15.09.2008

Merging art and science, Lloyd-Jones' work explores concepts of energy and natural phenomena through the experimental use of materials and light to reveal new perspectives on the world in which we live. 

Her interest in how energy is transferred and stored has led the artist to explore its role in both the natural environment and modern technology. Experimenting with the physical properties of materials and the intangible nature of light, the artist explores a dialogue between the material and non-material world, often employing elements of illumination to evoke active energy and sensory experience.        

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Biography

Merging art and science, Lloyd-Jones' work explores concepts of energy and natural phenomena through the experimental use of materials and light to reveal new perspectives on the world in which we live. 

Her interest in how energy is transferred and stored has led the artist to explore its role in both the natural environment and modern technology. Experimenting with the physical properties of materials and the intangible nature of light, the artist explores a dialogue between the material and non-material world, often employing elements of illumination to evoke active energy and sensory experience.        

She presents this enquiry in a broad portfolio of work which includes sculpture created from coal and iron, anatomical glass work and light based installations. She notes such subjects as the carbon cycle, mineralogy, astonomy and bioluminescence as just some of her sources of inspiration. Recent work focuses on relationships between energy and landscape; exploring subjects such as water, mining, nuclear, wind and solar power.  

The artist enjoys collaborating with specialists in varying fields of research to gain insight into scientific processes which she adapts and reinterprets in creative ways. Her microscopic works are evidence of this approach, capturing momentary glimpses into an otherwise invisible world. She expresses that ‘by revealing the invisible we extend the boundaries of our experience of the world around us and in turn liberate our imagination’

In her sculptural work, Jessica often creates physical forms as ‘containers’ of light conveying the human desire to capture and store energy, while her site-specific creations focus on the interaction and engagement of work within public space. Her large-scale public art projects are ambitious works that have attracted international attention, reinterpreting site and meaning through imaginative and unconventional  approaches.  Recent public artworks for Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre Bangor, explore colour and pattern via the interaction of optical materials and processes. 

Art and creativity has the power to alter perceptions and find beauty in the most mundane of things. If our interaction with the world is a reflection of the quality of life we lead, Lloyd-Jones is an artist whose work challenges us to seek out new ways of seeing and experiencing.

CV & Education

            Education and Qualifications

2007    MFA Sculpture  Edinburgh College of Art
2005    1st Class BA (Hons) Fine Art Staffordshire University


  
            Selected Public Projects

2017    Winter Lights, Canary Wharf, London
2016    Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor 
2015    Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy, Pwllheli, North Wales
2015    Blinc Adelaide, Mapping Projection commission, Adelaide Festival, Australia
2013    Caerphilly Castle Cadw Site Interpretation Scheme commission
2012    Grizedale Forest Art Roots artist, Grizedale, Cumbria (ongoing)
2012    Conwy Castle Cadw Site Interpretation Scheme commission 
2011    Blinc Digital Arts Festival 3D mapping commission Conwy
2011    St Peters Church Ruthin Art Trail commission, Ruthin
2010    Sherman Theatre Architectural commission with Capita Architecture, Cardiff
2009    Four Wards Lighting Project with Blackpool Council and the Illuminations
2007    Edinburgh Festival site specific commission with Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

            
            
            Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016   Particles, National Eisteddfod, commissioned by the Royal Astronomical Society
           A Chemical Process, Oriel Mwldan, Cardigan, Wales
2015   At the Edge of Light and Darkness, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Ireland
2014   Hidden Energies, Summerhall, Edinburgh        


            Selected Group Exhibitions

2017     MOSTYN Open 20, MOSTYN, Llandudno, Wales
2017     Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2016     Power in the Land, Wales touring exhibition to Oriel Davies, Newtown, Aberystwyth Arts                  Centre and Bay Arts Cardiff
2015     Blinc Digital Arts Festival, Ruthin Craft Centre
2015     Level 39, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London
2015     Blinc Adelaide, Adelaide Festival, Australia
2014     Southern Lines and Northern Lights, Mission Gallery, Swansea and Ruthin                                      Craft Centre, Ruthin
2014     Lumen Art at the FCA, Canary Wharf, London
2013     Alter/Shift/Control, Bermondsey Project, London
2013     National Eisteddfod of Wales, Visual Arts Exhibition, Denbigh
2013     SALT, Foundation Claude Verdan, Musee de la Main, Lausanne, Switzerland 
2013     New Future, Museo di Palazzo Poggi (Museum of art and science), Bologna 
2012     Blinc Digital Arts Festival, Conwy
2012     World Event Young Artists, Nottingham
2012     Art Roots, Grizedale Forest, Cumbria
2012     F/ocal Length, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Glyndwr University
2012     Oriel Davies Open, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown
2011     Blinc Digital Arts Festival, Conwy
2011     Light Fantastic, Broadfield House Glass Museum, Dudley
2011     Fabric of the Land, Aberdeen University School of Geosciences, Aberdeen
2011     Inside Out, Rhondda Heritage Park, Trehafod
2011     Breath Taking, Crafts Council UK touring exhibition  
2010     Second European Triennial of Ceramic and Glass, Mons, Belgium
2010     Altered States, Lauriston Gallery, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, Manchester
2010     SOFA New York, represented by UrbanGlass, Brooklyn
2010     Contemporary Art from Wales, Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
2010     Public Art Award Exhibition, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
2009     Bursary Award Exhibition, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London
2008     Conjunction Art Biennale, Stoke-On-Trent, AirSpace Gallery/Staffordshire University
2008     Electric Blue, OXO Tower Wharf Barge House, South Bank, London
2007     Site, The Dick Institute Natural history Museum, Kilmarnock, Scotland                
2007     RSA Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2007     Time, Burhley Sculpture Garden, Burghley 
2006     Swap 195, Gallery North, Northumbria University
2005     Coordinates, The International Harlech Biennale, Harlech
2004     British Glass Biennale, Stourbridge

            

            Awards

2015    Wales Arts International grant recipient
2012    Arts Council Wales Creative Wales Award recipient
2012    Winner, Oriel Davies Open Peoples Choice Award Oriel Davies, Newtown            
2012    Arts Council Wales Creative Wales Award recipient
2011    Winner of the Oriel Wrecsam Open Professional Artist Award Oriel Wrecsam
2010    Glass Art Society Emerging Artist Lecture Award  Louisville Kentucky, USA
2010    Shortlisted for the Royal British Society of Sculptors Public Art Award London
2009    Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award London
2009    Arts Council Wales and Wales Arts International production grant recipient
2006    The James Pantyfedwen Foundation Award for postgraduate study

 

            Residencies

2017     Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Bangor
2015     Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Ireland
2014     Makers Using Technology National Centre for Product Design and Research, Cardiff
2012     View Holoraphics, St Asaph, North Wales
2009     Safle Public Art Residency Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin
2008     UrbanGlass Visiting Artist Fellowship Brooklyn, New York