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Cody Blain Jones

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Cody Blain Jones

Creative Freedom

Shortly after graduating with his MFA in December 2011, alumnus Cody Blain Jones embarked on a new adventure when he moved to Los Angeles, Calif., to produce his own style of art by combining sculpture, video, and photography.

“My art has always been a medium to express what I want to say,” said Jones. “But sometimes it’s difficult because I can’t classify myself solely as an artist, a photographer or a videographer.”

Jones, a native of Ruidoso, N.M., studied psychology for three years before changing his major to art. He earned his BFA from the University in 2007; however, his psychology background influences his work, as he finds much of his art inspiration in his dreams.

“I use a lot of my psychology background for the content of my photos,” he said. “I keep a diary next to my bed, and I try to record every dream as soon as I wake up.”

Last fall during his MFA thesis exhibition “Ergo, Psyche,” Jones projected videos exploring the psychological aspects of the human experience onto various surfaces. To create the “video-permeated environment,” Jones wrote a proposal and successfully raised $7,000 in supporting contributions on Kickstarter.com. With the money, he purchased hanging projectors, DVD players, video equipment, and other materials. 

“This was the culmination of my education,” said Jones. “When I created the videos, I envisioned them as if I were at the theatre. I really wanted people to see the work the way I see it.”

His artwork has received honorable mention at the “Rising Eyes of Texas” juried art show. Jones was also recognized for his first narrative film titled “Swim.” In 2011, the abstract film won Best Student Film at the Rockport Film Festival.

“I haven’t been taught to make films,” he said. “I’ve been trained to take photographs. My lack of training allows for creative freedom.”
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