A New Zealand Artist pushing the boundaries between art and architecture.
Jillian Whitmore graduated in 2015 from Massey University in Wellington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), she is currently based in Wellington where she develops her professional art practice in her studio, exhibiting both locally and nationally.
While studying spatial theory, Jillian explores how places are designed in relation to its original purpose, she reads of philosophers trying to define a space and fit it neatly into a category. This becomes a problematic exercise, as there are so many conflicting perceptions of space within the one place, designers therefore cannot design to a category, they can only design for the needs and desires of the majority. The interesting part is what happens when people start to inhabit these places and create a complex multitude of opportunities within the space.
Jillian employs translucent watercolours to create layers and forms, depicting transformative cityscapes, accommodating of the ever changing needs of our societies. These ephemeral “concept designs” with a transformer-esk quality speak of spatial theory, interlocking forms and shapes create multiple juncture points releasing unlimited possibilities for our infrastructure to behave in new ways and causing us to question our current places of being.
Permanence is increasingly becoming a concept of the past, especially in the contemporary built environment, objects and infrastructure are not meant to last. The relationships we have with places and spaces are so fleeting and temporary, this concept transforms into the physical fleeting environment. One which is forever changing and morphing into new places, making way for new fleeting relationships and perceptions. Jillian uses this concept of temporality to drive her organic architectural designs, proposing a future more fluid city that represents the reality of these ungraspable spaces.
As our society grows increasingly complex, it becomes naturally comforting and somewhat refreshingly calm to look at our environment in an abstract way. No one person can comprehend the entirety of a space as we are forever generating enormous multiples of perceptions and purposes. Jillian develops her intricate designs and feels at ease, almost a meditative, zen like comfort in capturing the rhizomatic aspects of the surrounding city.
2017 – NZ Art Show – General Exhibitor – TSB Arena – Wellington
2017 – “Pigment” – Group Exhibition – Matchbox Studios – Wellington
2016 – JUNCTURE – Solo Exhibition – Fine Arts Whanganui Gallery – Whanganui
2016 – Parkin Drawing Prize – Finalist shortlisted for exhibition – Academy of Fine Arts Gallery – Wellington
2016 – NZ Art Show – General Exhibitor – TSB Arena – Wellington
2016 – “Limited Edition” – Group Exhibition – Matchbox Studios – Wellington
2014 – “Exposure” – Massey University Wellington COCA Final year exhibition
2014 – “Abandoned World’s” – Group Exhibition – Wellington CBD
2013 – Massey University Wellington – BFA 3rd year – end of year exhibition
2012 – UCOL BFA 2nd year – End of year exhibition – Whanganui
2011 – Whanganui Community Arts Centre – Annual exhibition