Frederick Wright Jones
is a visual study of existence. Art is my nourishment.
I can live without art, but not for long. I have done jobs 5 or 6 days in the week, but as months go by I begin to lose concentration and think about Material Displacement called art. At that point I quit my job. I need to study my placement in this world.
A friend of mine told me that "You have to know where you are coming from to know where you are going". The reference deals with genealogy and the timing of its telling fit together with other events in my life. At the time, for example, my mother, an artist, began researching her bloodlines, together with my father, an archeologist. My parents, artist and historian, Spirit and Science, are a strong base for me.
My blood is the blood of many nations, some friends, some enemies, and some strangers. Within my veins flow conflicts. Within my blood are truths ignored that must be brought to light. This may be true for many of us. For me it is a vital part of my life. It is a path that I follow. It is the spur of my art.
My family is my blood. The family relationship is a solid institution. It is the base of social interaction. I hear talk of the disintegration of the family, but I feel the strength of love. I, as father and husband, as son and grandson, explore the relationships, meanings, and lessons of blood bond. I am pulled to know, from where the blood that is close to me, pulsing in my relatives veins, comes from. I yearn to know my ancestors. I research the stories and histories of my people. I read about great leaders of the past, searching for heroes. I study the cultures of those who paved the way for me. They are my blood. The live, breathing with my lungs and working with my hands. Praises to the ancestors.
Art is a Journey and a study. With each completion comes answers to old questions, but new questions also form. It is a never ending process. The only completion I await is that of a worthy life. Thanks and Praise to the Creator Frederick Wright Jones
The Gunther Familyfor the Pine wood used for Generator
Treeman Danfor the Black Walnut wood used for Tribal Heritage,
Carstenfor the Apple wood and Pear wood in Mask of Regret,
Miene Ehlers-Wittfor the Willow wood used in Male Pregnancy,
Bezirksamt Hamburg Nordfor the Beech wood used in
Nat Turner Takes Gabriel´s Lead in Setting Things Straight,
Christine Ebelingfor the opportunity to blacksmith,
Pavel Ehrlichfor inspiration and my first show in Germany,
Arbor Artists and Astwerkfor help with transport,
Astwerkfor the cherry wood used in Obaluaiye visit the Indians for a Dollar and a Quarterv and The Modern David
Felix Martinfor photo work in Performance, much artistic advice and my portrait Moses Younglove Jones for a quick reality check.
Christine Achtermann Jonesfor the love used to go forward, and last but not least, The Lord God Almighty for life.
m2for my web site