Artist StatementAnnette Wilson Jones- Artist’s Statement Born in interesting times (as promised in the curse), raised up through the bombings and assassinations and wars and riots and hijackings- no news seemed to be good news but I tried to keep up. Then came demonstrations and freedom marches and community organizing and hope for the future, so I left my nuclear home for Baltimore to go to art school. Assured that equality was ascendant, the population bomb would not ignite, women’s bodies were their own and waste would be curbed for all time, the news fell further into background chatter. It appears that I must have misinterpreted what I heard. Lectures, confidences, noises on the street, ringing in my ears- all added to the chatter and fought for attention. At the age of 26, I was diagnosed with a “significant” hearing loss. How could you lose what you never really had? I was given one hearing aid for both ears. I taught high school classes. I had two children. Then someone realized that two hearing aids would be a good idea. For the past two decades, or so, my work has been an exploration of how to create visual analogies of hearing impairment. I used to have an office job where I had to answer the phone and relay very important messages to very important people; I was given some paper and pencils with very old erasers that smeared the corrections across the page. I made palimpsests of the messages and drew news stories on top. I found that there were audiology research papers on “analogies of hearing impairment” with titles like “Perceptual Interference in Everyday Settings” and “Degraded Grouping”- yes, exactly! My most recent work uses text from books, news articles, my (probably impaired) transcriptions of radio new shows, combined with rubbings of objects that I find, various printing methods and drawings from news photographs and observational drawings.
EDUCATION: Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)- BF-, 1978
CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE: 2013 "Knowing: having tasted knowledge we grew naked", Area 405, Baltimore, MD. Curated under the name of Maniane Chettle. This show included work by 19 artists, including: D. S. Bakker, Kini Collins, David Crandall, DeAndre “Dre” Britton, Lania D’Agostino, Oletha DeVane, Lurch and Hollar (Liz Downing and Michael Willis), Laure Drogoul, Nicole Fall, David Fair, Annie Farrar, Sam Christian Holmes, Mary Kunaniec- Skeen, Laurie Stepp and Alzaruba.
2009 "Accidental Accretions and Drawn From a Moving Vehicle", Hamilton Gallery/Hamilton Arts Collective- 08/09
2018 “Out of Order 2018”
MAP 2018 “Guise”
MAP 2018 “Draw It Out” Exhibition,
MICA 2012 "Things that Glow in the Dark",
Towson Arts Collective (TAC)
2011 "Eye of the Beholder", Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD (as "M. E. Chettle"). Juror, Janet Maher.
2011 "Cart", Current Space, Baltimore, MD (participated as both Annette Wilson Jones and, with others, as Manian E. Chettle).
2011 "Self-Portrait as a Rock Star". Current Space. Juror, Gary Kachadourian.
2010 "The Text and Its Discontext", TAC 2010 "Third Anniversary Exhibition", TAC. Second Place Award. Juror- Kristen Hileman, Contemporary Art, BMA.
2009 "Illustration", TAC- 9/09. Juror- Warren Linn, Chair, Illustration Department, Maryland Institute College of Art. 2008 "Maps on Purpose", a project of Art on Purpose, Walters Art Museum 2008 "Penned"
Artscape 2008. Group show. Traveling show, selection committee included Directors of Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington, VA; Lump Gallery/Projects, Raleigh, NC; Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA; Ooga Booga, Los Angeles, CA 2006 Artscape- three separate shows: "Code/no code", "Fiber"
2003 "Notebook, Artscape 2001- 2003, "Conversations", Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, MD. This invitational , traveling exhibition originated at University of New Mexico, Fine Arts Center, Gallup, NM in 2001 and traveled to Baltimore. 2001 "Floor", Artscape MD PUBLICITY/REVIEWS: 2013 The Washington Post, review of “Knowing- having tasted knowledge, we grew naked”:https://tinyurl.com/y7zb3j5s. (Manian E. Chettle)
2012 The Baltimore Sun: “Things That Glow in the Dark” https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/towson/ph-tt-neon-art-show-20121001-story.html. (Annette Wilson Jones)
2011 The Baltimore Sun: “CART” https://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bs-xpm-2011-08-04-bs-ae-arts-story-0805-20110804-story.html (Manian E. Chettle)