Emily Blythe Jones lives in Los Angeles, a city far and vastly different from where she grew up in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. The constant threat of natural disasters here, e.g., earthquakes, droughts, wildfires, reminds her to cherish and reflect on what is truly important. Jones makes mixed media works that depict moments created from an inherited expansive family archive of photographs, ephemera, and oral histories. Most recently, Jones has been making mixed media paintings about her family’s history living in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Her Grandmother moved and, in the spirit of starting anew, discarded a large photographic archive. Jones kept many of the photographs and began painting from them as a way of interpreting and archiving the family history but also in an effort to reconstitute the memories into something tangible for her own consumption. The novel technology of photography captured her family’s smiling moments and quiet dramas. Thanksgivings, Cubs’ and Bears’ games, beach days, weddings, and birthdays all exist as evidence of her family’s history, evidence that they were their own community. She finds comfort in recreating these moments, giving them presence as physical objects rendered in painting and sculpture. These objects function as stand-ins for intangible, un-photographed moments in her own memories as well as reminders for viewer’s locked-away moments and of the communities that they share those moments with.