Deep Now & The Seed Bank Project: Rachel Marne Jones


The Helen E. Copeland Gallery and the School of Art at Montana State University are pleased to announce the Master of Fine Art’s thesis exhibition of Rachael Marne Jones, Deep Now & The Seed Bank Project.  The exhibition will take place at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, Montana, April 2nd– April 6th, 2018 from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm.

Jones’ thesis defense will take place April 2nd at 11 am – 12pm in the gallery.  There will be a  reception for Deep Now & The Seed Bank Project on Thursday, April 5th 2018, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. All events are open to the public.

Deep Now & The Seed Bank Project will be comprised of sculptural works & drawings that challenge preconceptions engrained in modern society’s construction of linear time.  The industrial revolution has caused a massive shift in the way in which humans relate to each other, the environment, and everyday objects. Deep Now uses man-made forms in conjunction with geologic processes to emphasize the correlation between the simultaneous expanse and collapse of our understanding of time as dispensable and infinite.

Reflecting upon on the previous five extinctions on earth, the works are inspired by using geologic evidence to help predict our evolutionary path and encourage a more interconnected outlook on how to move forward for future generations. Grasping to understand the current ecological, political, and economic climate of our time, The Seed Bank Project focuses on the collaboration of cultures across the world to reliquarize seeds that have significant ecological and cultural value within the places they call home. Burying the seeds in porcelain seed banks specially designed to keep them viable for as long as their DNA will allow, The Seed Bank Project celebrates our global and technological advances, while instigating a dialogue of ecological stewardship among future generations.

More information about The Seed Bank Project and to see where banks have already been planted, please visit Marne’s personal artist website:

According to Jones, “Through material manipulation and exploration, my work explores the parallels between states of being (human) and geological phenomena. Using references both to geologic and Darwin’s “Quick time”, distortions of perception through experience become visceral through the condensation of time. Each piece of sculpture acts as a snapshot of a specific experience I have shared with my immediate environment. Textures share both microscopic and macroscopic references while large expanses of naked porcelain evoke a sense of desolation and desperation. By beginning with a word, (usually not in circulation) an idea for a sculpture evolves. Through mind maps and drawings, the idea incubates into a three-dimensional sculpture. By working through a translation of experiences, I am attempting to more accurately understand my emotional responses and moral obligations to the rapidly evolving landscape of the 21st century.”

Rachael Marne received her BFA at University of Montana in Missoula in 2011 and is the founder of the Seed Bank Project, and has exhibited regionally and nationally.  Currently, she has work at the 2018 NCECA conference in Pittsburg in the Intercultural Exhibition.   She has also been accepted as the first artist Fellow in the Global Sustainability Fellows Program which will take place at the Arava Institute for Ecological studies in Israel this summer.

Following  Deep Now & The Seed Bank Project will be Ryan Parker, who will be presenting his thesis exhibition, Coping with the Landscape from Monday, April 9th  – Friday, April 13th, 2018.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall, across from the Aasheim Gate off of 11th, with the Ski Swing out front. Please note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM – 6PM). Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM/Closed on weekends.

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