bones tan jones: What if the plants named themselves

bones tan jones: What if the plants named themselves

bones tan jones: What if the plants named themselves


bones tan jones

What if the plants named themselves, 2023

Somerset Enhanced Velvet 255gsm
Paper size: 300 x 214 mm
Hand signed and numbered by the artist
Edition of 50 + 5 APs

£80 (incl. VAT) 

bones tan jones (b.93 Liverpool) is a queer heretic whose work traverses materials, disciplines and time lines.

their practice is rooted in the desire for an alternative, queer, optimistic dystopia. bones works through ritual and meditative craft to engage with nature, and create narratives that encourage audiences to think more sustainably and ethically.

bones tan jones presents their living praxis ‘optimystic dystopia’ as a spiritual practice. an eternal storyteller, alternative realities are explored through alter egos, retellings of ancient Chinese and Celtic mythologies through creating;

remaining open, so the ancestors can speak through, bones has collaborated with the ghosts of dead artists, unknowingly channelled ancient seal script inscriptions of their families’ clan symbol, and sung many a lullaby in the belly of trees thousands of years on this land.

this edition is produced as part of the Back to Earth programme; Serpentine’s long-term, interdisciplinary programme addressing the ongoing climate emergency. This multi-year project invites leading artists, architects, poets, filmmakers, scientists, thinkers, and designers to respond to the environmental crisis.


All proceeds directly support Serpentine's multiple strands of programming and most importantly during this time, the delivery of our civic engagement projects.

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