Artist Statement

As time passes distance forms and that something becomes harder to reach, blurry, less physical; I am interested in visually translating this distance. My art utilizes print media to bring into view the passage of time and its consequential sensations of loss and absence. While investigating the physical and psychological experiences of absence, loss, and uncertainty I consider the body, space, and place. By visually translating the abstract marks of passing moments seen in the landscape or of a body’s gestures I am able to make connections to the phenomena of time.

Because I associate the passage of time with distance and absence I employ a muted palette, and an elegant, minimal aesthetic. Print media possesses the ability to physically represent time through the multiple, labor, and delayed satisfaction; for these reasons I choose to spotlight it in my artistic practice. The work is two and three-dimensional; functioning best when dictated by the space in which it exists. By overtly aestheticizing compositions I demonstrate a desire for order, logic, and control over the uncontrollable. The uncontrollable is synonymous with the themes present in the work: time and its value, and loss and its inevitability. 


Tressa Jones was raised in the sprawling suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. She received a BS from the University of Massachusetts and a MFA from the University of Montana. Her artistic practice and research investigate time, memory, and perception: as experienced through the body, landscapes, and built environments. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad and in 2018 she will participate in the 9th International Printmaking Biennial in Douro, Portugal. Tressa currently resides in Lawrence, Kansas where she maintains her studio practice and instructs courses at Emporia State University.