Todd Jones was born in Tallahassee, Florida, and is currently based in Ohio. As an experimental artist, Todd explores the boundaries between contemporary painting and sculpture.
"My art explores how material culture and transformative labor impacts the environment by blurring the boundaries between contemporary painting and sculpture. I use construction materials in my work and activate a process of meditative repetition and mass production. One process transforms thin layers of paint into sculptural skins and superimposes them on undulating three-dimensional forms derived from natural elements. Together, they occupy an unstable liminal space between nostalgia and our precarious future. My work references death and decay but also pushes the idea of consumption and the passage of time.
Through my studio practice, I hope to create a visual language that challenges the viewer’s association and perception of these materials. The artwork takes an investigational approach to materials and manipulates them to gain an understanding of their limitations. This process-driven practice also can be seen as scientific experimentation. This form of experimentation creates a sustainable momentum in my studio practice. I discover unknown elements through layering by concealing and revealing information. Throughout my work, there is a visual tension of control. This is the battle of opposition, a balance between the precision of working with intention and the unexpected outcomes of a process-based approach."
Todd received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a double major in Studio Art and Psychology from Florida State University. He is currently living and working in Athens, Ohio, and is an MFA candidate in Painting + Drawing at Ohio University. Todd has been an artist-in-residence at Studio 209 in Thomasville, Georgia, and attended the Summer Painting and Sculpture Intensive at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has had solo exhibitions at Wild Goose Creative and the City Center Gallery at the Urban Arts Space in Columbus, Ohio.