Jon Henry

Jon Henry

MA Arts Politics Class of 2013

MFA Studio Art, James Madison Univeristy
BA Studio Art & International Studies, University of Richmond


I seek to develop new connections, visions, communities, and economies in my work. My practice is rooted in sculpture; I am particularly interested in space’s social, relational, and communal forms. My work is influenced by abject, direct action, relational aesthetics, and camp.

As an interdisciplinary artist, I work to instigate changes, dialogues, and transformations; conversely, being an interdisciplinary artist acknowledges a fluid modality; I am able to promiscuously move between fields, practices, and materials in pursuit of liberating visions, languages, and landscapes.

Since moving back to Virginia, I have become more interested in creating works based in and on the land. Part of this project includes the development of an artist residency, Old Furnace Artist Residency, which offers (free) creative spaces to encourage emerging, community based, and/or politically motivated art. The project services as the over arching title and ‘institution’ for a variety of my community and land based projects.

What drew you to the MA Arts Politics program?

I was curious about how I might develop a praxis that combined my interest in politics with art. Until then, I really had always been taught to keep these ideas seperated.

How do you describe or identify your practice/ work?

I am my work. My life is work. I am continually making, destroying, and recreating myself and work. 

How did your experience in the program shape your work?

I found a better language to describe my work; I feel like I better understand the ecosytems that I live within. 

What are you doing now?

I manage the Old Furnace Artist Residency and a tomato farm.