“What makes [Cat Jones’] artworks or art experiences important is the capacity to experience as a community, large or small, a shift in thinking.”
Prudence Gibson and Monica Gagliano, The Feminist Plant
Cat Jones is an award winning artist, writer, researcher and all round creatrix with over 30 years experience.
Her investigations centre on subjugated knowledge and experiments in transformation through the subversion of social constructs, history, science, language and the senses. Known for her immersive, art-science experiences and social engagement, she creates performance, illusion, site-specific, olfactory and edible art in collaboration with neuroscientists, physiotherapists, biologists, botanists, entomologists and gastronomists.
She has worked with experimental groups including pvi collective (AUS), Blast Theory (UK), fo.am (BE), Chicks on Speed (AUS/EU), The League of Imaginary Scientists (USA) and Experimenta (AUS).
As an author her work spans creative, critical and scientific writing. She is published in realtime, CSPA, Musculoskeletal Science and Practice Journal and her (co-authored) Health and Medicine article for The Conversation received over 1 million reads in 24 hours. As a public speaker she presents at international interdisciplinary conferences, symposiums and other events.
She learnt the art of experimental perfumery with the Institute of Art and Olfaction as part of her ongoing research into plant signalling, and has since made a number of olfactory art projects as artist and perfumer.
Previously, Jones was Artistic Director / CEO of PACT centre for emerging artists, and Co-Director then inaugural Chairperson of Electrofringe, international festival of electronic arts and culture.
Jones has a Bachelor of Arts – Drama from Queensland University of Technology and has done extensive professional development across experimental performance, writing, art and science including The Kitchen (NY) with Bill T Jones and Laurie Anderson, Troika Ranch Dance Theatre; Time_Place_Space_1 (Wagga Wagga), Wendy Houston; Proximity Lab; Gen-Space (NY); SymbioticA (WA) and many more.
Further to her cultural leadership Jones is a regular on assessment, selection and advisory panels for local national and international government and NGO organisations. She is an experienced director, producer and events manager with expertise in festivals, grants, business strategy and financial management.
Recipient of numerous awards, grants and international residencies Cat has received a Creative Australia Fellowship 2012; the Sadakichi Art and Olfaction Award 2016, and the Create NSW Performing Arts and Music Fellowship 2018/2019. She is a research affiliate with Sansom Institute, Body and Mind, University of South Australia and alumni of SymbioticA and ANAT’s Synapse program. In 2020 she joined Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Powerhouse NSW as a Creative Industries Resident.
Cat received the 2021 Australia Council Award for Emerging and Experimental Arts.
Image credit photograph © Cat Jones 2016, design frame © Heath Killen, In Wild Air 2017.