JENNIFER WHITTEN is an American-born artist and immigrated to Melbourne in 2009. At first 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.
Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis in 2008 and her Masters of Contemporary Art from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015. At this time, she was awarded the Athenaeum Club Visual Arts and Research Award, the University’s most prestigious honour.
For years, her photorealistic paintings have aestheticised absence, loss and time; and since an encounter in Italy with a collection of 18th Century reverse-glass paintings, she determined that glass would serve as an ideal conduit of these themes. Oil, reverse-glass and representational painting have lengthy histories, but Jennifer’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.