2018 Emerging Artist: Jamie Bates Slone

Jamie Bates Slone, Helena, Montana

Using naturalistic yet somewhat stylized renderings of the human figure, Jamie Bates Slone explores memories of her family’s experiences with mental and physical illness, and emphasizes the relationship between humans’ biology and emotions.

The smaller-than-life-size figures have unsettling facial expressions and are placed in poses that suggest tension, illness, discomfort, disorientation, and distress. This is reinforced by the unnatural color of the figures’ skin—from a mottled purplish or bluish gray to a bright pink—along with the suggestions of scalpel incisions and the inclusion of areas where the skin seems to be peeled or cut away to reveal shiny areas of acidic green and bright cobalt blue, which is achieved by casting glaze in the kiln. The human and illness are intertwined. 

The viewer is left uneasily wondering what the figures are experiencing, what they are expressing through their body language, and what, if anything might be done to help. 

Instagram: @jamiebatesslone
Facebook: jmbs12345

1 Methistanai, 36½ in. (93 cm) in height, stoneware (built solid on an armature, hollowed out, then reassembled), bisque fired to cone 2, paint, powder-coated steel, mixed media, 2017.

2 Quiet Unease, 4 ft. 2 in. (1.3 m) in length, stoneware, (built solid on an armature, hollowed out, then reassembled), bisque fired to cone 2, cast ceramic glaze fired to cone 06, paint, mixed media, 2017.

  • Elizabeth L.

    Its an interesting personal take on the wax anatomical “Venus” figures created in the late 18th century in Italy. The Venus were used for teaching anatomy and pathology.

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