30 June - 30 July 2018 / Salihara Art Space / Jakarta, Indonesia
Images with numerous focal points in within their poses and portraits: glum faces, empty gazes, troubled atmospheres, tension, fear, and other elements with asymmetrical qualities. Non-linear stories, images jumping from one scene to the next, and stand- alone narratives. There is a thread connecting these traits: they are drawn with a sense of unapologetic freedom, an inimitable style, and a diversity of materials—pens, inks, acrylics, etc. Dragging any form of pigment across a surface, is a daily habit for Natisa Jones. She has an abundance of energy for such things. Drawing as a way of life and an indisputable choice.
Jones’ strokes often feel sharp-edged. A sense of anxiety seems to lurk and swim beneath one line and the next. The lines meet to create something which resembles the human form with a certain kind of arbitrary distortion – a capriciousness, impulsiveness, unburdened by rights and wrongs. Almost every drawing is completed with one decisively drawn line, showing her mastery in medium and an acute sensitivity. Jones draws anywhere with anything. She tends to draw facial expressions - with a distinct attention to the eyes and gaze. She exposes the characters in a similar way a photographer approaches a close-up image.