What happens when an artist with a background in research and computer engineering sets out to display the flaws in her own works of art? The intriguing answers will be on display at the Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art at Pacific University from Feb. 3 to 24.
Claire B. Jones studied software engineering in Edinburgh, in her native Scotland, leading her eventually to relocate to Seattle. She then studied art and design and experimental stitch at the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center in La Conner, Wash.
That combination of interests led directly to the February exhibition of A Perception of Failure, in which Jones shows viewers the way she thinks her works fail to match the artist’s original intent. She describes her pieces as colorful, whimsical sculptures created by “painting” with thread on a cotton canvas. By layering and blending machine-stitched thread, she covers the underlying canvas and creates fanciful, three-dimensional forms.
“The aim of the exhibition is to encourage the viewer to think through and open up about their ideas and experiences of failure,” she said.
An opening reception at the gallery, which is located in Scott Hall on Pacific’s Forest Grove Campus, is scheduled for Monday Feb. 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. The gallery’s regular hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.