atiya jones is an autodidact creator of abstract organic accumulations. Her work serves as an abstracted representation of human migration, and more specifically the modern diaspora known as gentrification. Her work occupies the realm of mixed media, and incorporates ink-drawings, photography, collage, graphic design, and fiber.
When considering the Afro-American experience within our country, one must see that communities of color have most often been moved by force, for capital gain. Having personally witnessed the socio-economic/demographic shift of neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and now, Pittsburgh, the artist questions how populations reconnect, rebuild and are reflected within their communities. By creating art, Jones creates value. As a woman of color, this is an act of defiance, empowerment and visibility.
Her work is about human connection. It is a visual depiction of healing, finding one’s tribe and building a life as a unit. It is about the magic permeating beneath the surface of self, and the search to find it.
It is soft, tense, mobile and still.
The Flatbush (Brooklyn), NY native is currently navigating life in Pittsburgh, PA.
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