|Jilaine Jones Wonder World 2006, photograph by Tim Nighswander|
Like any serious modernist, Jilaine Jones renews tradition through its subversion. The depth of her understanding of the language of sculpture is revealed in her willingness to turn it inside out. In her handling, for instance, armature becomes frame, with metal as much supported by as supporting clay. Sometimes these elements are kept in tension, recalling fundamental distinctions between modeling and welding, while at other times the distinctions are allowed to dissolve.