Sarah Jones

Jerwood Space

The earliest work in Sarah Jones’s recent exhibition was an image showing part of a couch in a psychiatrist’s consulting room. The photo in some respects doesn’t reveal very much: A small mat to protect the mattress from the analysand’s shoes, a folded blanket, and a pillow are pretty much it, apart from a section of the mattress itself. Set hard against a blank wall, it appears hollowed out, compressed by innumerable bodies, its cover rucked and creased. One is tempted to fill in what isn’t there, to spin fantasies around those invisible bodies. This, though, would leave too much behind. Things need to remain connected somehow to a more palpable reality. Jones is very much in command of her subject matter, controlling the placement and relationship of elements, if only through decisions about framing and focal plane. What the viewer is offered by these choices is evidence of an engagement

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