My artistic research focuses on print media as a means to expose 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. Translating marks of passing moments left on landscapes and built environments or of a body’s gestures allows me to make connections to the phenomena of time.
Time manifests in print media through the multiple, labor, and delayed satisfaction. In order to emphasize the distance and absence that form as time passes I employ a muted palette and an elegant, minimal aesthetic. The works are two and three-dimensional, functioning best when dictated by the space in which they exist. By overtly aestheticising compositions I demonstrate a desire for order, logic, and control over the uncontrollable. The uncontrollable is synonymous with the work's continuous themes: the value of time and the inevitability of loss.
Tressa Jones is an artist and printmaker originally from Boston, MA, currently based in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her BS from the University of Massachusetts, completed Post-Baccalaureate studies in Printmaking at New Mexico Highlands University, and earned a MFA from the University of Montana. Her travels and creative research, which include residencies at Kunstnarhuset Messen in Ålvik, Norway, the Vermont Studio Center, and research on the landscape and Land Art of the American West, fuel her artistic investigation of time: and its manifestations in the body, landscape, and built environment. Jones's studio practice is complimented by work at non-profit arts organizations and educational institutions. She has held positions at the Missoula Art Museum, Emporia State University, the Lawrence Arts Center, and currently instructs courses in printmaking at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.