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Born in 1984, Jennifer Whitten is an American artist living and painting in Melbourne, Australia. In 2008, she competed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis/Sam Fox School of Art and Design. Upon completion of the Master of Contemporary Art at The Victorian College of the Arts, she was awarded the prestigious inaugural Athenaeum Club Visual Arts Research Award. 


For years, my artistic investigations have navigated the aestheticization of absence and loss, nostalgia and regret. After an encounter in Italy with a collection of 18th Century reverse glass paintings in 2014, I determined that glass would be an ideal conduit for the communication of these themes.

The challenge of painting in reverse and on a surface like glass has compelled me to consider possibilities beyond the boundaries of traditional painting surfaces. The inclusion of steel was a pivotal moment in the development of this current body. Its rawness, severity and strength support the weight of the conceptual material contained within the works; furthermore, the steel provides the vehicle to free painting spatially from its traditional limitations. The interplay of paint, glass and steel welcomed a fractal of other investigations, including the incorporation of video, music and complex installation. 




The Other Art Fair Melbourne. 4-7 May 2017. The Facility (2 Chelmsford Street Kensington).

Nth ARI. OPENING 20 May 2017. 111 Holden Street, North Fitzroy.

C3 Contemporary Art Space. May 2018.


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