Title: Tidal Pool: Ode to Tom Thomson 2001-2005 No Longer on Site

Artist: Simone Jones   Exhibition year: 2001

Initially Lois Andison and Simone Jones were each invited separately to contribute artworks to the Tree Museum site this year. While discussing their projects between themselves, Andison and Jones arrived at a collaborative approach to produce Tidal Pool: Ode to Tom Thomson. As both artists usually employ and reference technology, it is not surprising that this work is activated by technological means as it simultaneously gently mocks ineffectual human intervention in the face of nature. The title, of course, specifically roots the work within tragic Canadian lore, referring to the renowned painter who was killed during one of his regular canoe forays into the wilderness.

For Simone Jones, technology functions as both an extension of the human body and as a physical manifestation of thought and desire. Jones started, in 1989, to make kinetic sculptures, to which she later added film, video and performance. In response to her work's temporal nature, Jones focuses on establishing a reflexive relationship between the viewer and her sculptures. Jones graduated from the Ontario College of Art with a focus on Experimental Art and received her MFA in Sculpture Installation from York University. Jones was the Jill Kraus Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, with a joint appointment in the School of Art and Robotics. Simone Jones teaches electronics and programming at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Jones has received numerous grants for her work. Jones has served on the Board of Directors of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre.