Jennifer Whitten

JENNIFER WHITTEN is an American-born artist who immigrated to Melbourne in 2009. At the start, her fastidious manner of image-making seemed well suited for medical illustration, but she ultimately exchanged a medical career in pursuit of her own artistic investigations. Whitten holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis (2008) and a Masters of Contemporary Art from the Victorian College of the Arts (2015). Upon graduating from the VCA, she was awarded the Athenaeum Club Visual Arts and Research Award. Since 2015, she has held numerous solo and group exhibitions, among them, Anachrony at C3 Contemporary Art Space, Negative Space at Nicholas Projects and Antipodes at Beinart Gallery. For years, her photorealistic paintings have aestheticised absence, loss and time; and following an encounter in Italy with a collection of 18th Century reverse-glass paintings, she determined that glass would serve as the ideal conduit of these themes. Oil, reverse-glass and representational painting have lengthy histories, but Whitten’s edgy reimagining of these methods upends any hint of the conventional. Incorporating everything from steel, to video, to live music, her complex installations defy the traditional 2D confines set for painting but preserve its seduction and sincerity.

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