Jessie English

Bathurst, Australia, 1981

Jessie English uses sculpture, photography, and video to explore contemporary experiences of technology, speed and violence. Using the history of specific industrial materials and the language of media, English’s practice seeks to find the place of the body in the landscape of war, globalization, industrialization and the Internet, to understand how one thing leads to another and to reflect on the rapturous condition caused by the void of post humanity. The aluminum sculpture presented in Off Pink takes the material of aviation, war, transport and communications and transforms its assumed properties into something more fluid, more biological. It appears as a remnant, suggestive of a narrative of destruction that has brought it to rest in the gallery space. The introduction of fluorescent light and video footage allude to a larger narrative and stand in as symbols of mass production, false illumination, media proliferation and nostalgia.

Born in small town Australia in 1981, the daughter of an aircraft mechanic father and an ex-pat American mother, English spent her formative years learning to fly small aircraft and build cars. After traveling the world with a backpack, she returned to complete her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at Sydney University before traveling the world again for several more years. Since 2010, she has lived in New York City where she has developed an artistic practice that incorporates her lifelong investigation into the intersection of technology, culture, and individual experience. She was awarded the 2013 AusArt Fellowship and is the President of the New Australian American Contemporary Arts Board.