“I stopped painting for a while, or at least, presenting that work as part of my main practice. But this work, handwork, has always sustained me. Kept me in times of dislocation: with the lull of process, a mute research -for extraction, excavation and communion with the self, with others. A practice which re/connects me to ‘home’; to a creative inheritance, more often seen or felt than pronounced, yet, ever conscious and articulate. The collection Mammo-cartography maps a time, traces unknown and common territory on bodies of fabric and marks projections on their future. This book is dedicated to my mother.”
A catalog of 24 artworks [2017-2020] and two poems by artist Alice Z Jones, including a collaborative quilted work made by Jones and her mother Gloria Pottinger, Mammo-Cartography is an exploration of the intersections between black, female, migrant, mother, daughter and experience, between sickness and health. Mammo-cartography includes a selection of works which reflect a continuous conversation; on cycles and disruption, on care and expressions of love. Using a variety of print, sculpture, drawing, painting and fabric manipulation techniques the works pivot on a string of open-ended questions: how does the psychological strain of injustice manifest itself in the body? How can we move through sickness? Is it possible, under the conditions of a racist, patriarchal and capitalist society, to fully experience health? What exists beyond the margins of survival?
50% of the proceeds will be donated to Macmillan; a UK based cancer charity which offers emotional, physical and financial support from diagnosis on. https://www.macmillan.org.uk/
50% to Southall Black Sisters; a UK based not-for-profit, secular and inclusive organization, established to meet the needs of black (Asian and African-Caribbean) women. Its aims are to highlight and challenge violence against women, empower them to gain more control over their lives, live without fear of violence and assert their human rights to justice, equality and freedom.
Alice Z Jones is a British-Jamaican artist from London currently living and studying in Berlin (Fine Art, University of Arts Berlin, Lensbased Class). Jones draws from both a European tradition and the traditions of black and Caribbean Diasporas - negotiating lost histories, imposed histories, institutional invisibility, identities and mis/representation. Jones works with a diverse variety of media including printmaking, painting, textiles, sculpture and sound; focusing on the exploration, creation and recreation of languages of repair and resistance.
This catalog was created with the support of the Schulz-Stübner-Stiftung and the UdK Berlin.
Paperback: 24 pages