Julie Renée Jones (b. 1984) lives in and makes work about the American midwest, concentrating on the complexities of aging and memory. In doing so she explores the confusion of reality and imagination, where actual event and surreal recollection blur. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her most recent exhibitions include FlakPhoto’s Midwest Print Show, a two person show at Pictura Gallery, and Variations on Likeness at the Dayton Visual Arts Center, a curated exhibition for FotoFocus Biannual. Her series Umbra has been featured in print form in both The British Journal of Photography and Real Simple magazine. She received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA from the University of Dayton. Julie currently resides in Dayton Ohio. Today we share her series titled Umbra.
As we age our idea of home shifts and changes. Where once we found comfort and familiarity, is replaced by the mythic and foreign environment of a conflicting memory of what our home has become. In the series Umbra I struggle with this notion of the familiar and banal transforming into a world of fantasy and unease. I work with my family members and personal memories to deconstruct what my home was and reconstruct what it has become: a shadow world where the past and present exist in the same space as the real and imagined.
To view more of Julie’s work please visit her website.