Laura Jones

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Syd­ney artist Laura Jones drew on her back­ground as a florist when cre­at­ing her art­work Space Dahlias ( page 40). “My work has grown from a de­sire to ex­press a love for na­ture — the process of paint­ing be­gin­ning with the phys­i­cal act of ar­rang­ing flow­ers,” says Jones. “With this piece, I loved re­spond­ing to a still life by tran­si­tion­ing the colour and form of the flow­ers and ob­jects into a more ab­stract in­ter­pre­ta­tion.” The holder of a mas­ter’s de­gree in art from UNSW Art & De­sign, Jones de­clares her­self “in­spired by Mother Na­ture” and is pas­sion­ate in her ef­forts to im­press a love of the environment onto her au­di­ence. Her most re­cent work en­gaged with cli­mate change’s im­pact on coral and the mass coral bleach­ing of the Great Bar­rier Reef, and re­sulted in an ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled Bleached at Syd­ney’s Olsen Gallery. Jones is cur­rently putting the fi­nal touches to her first solo ex­hi­bi­tion, at Mel­bourne’s So­phie Gannon Gallery start­ing 1 Au­gust, hav­ing worked her way through her tried-and-tested cre­ative process of “a lot of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and paint wran­gling”. She is seen here with her art­works, in­clud­ing (on left) Cym­bid­ium Still Life.

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