The Doll's House, 2013, Mixed Media
ABOUT THE WORK
There is no match for the tremendous intelligence of the body. The artwork reflects the notion that the creative imagination can find its way through our most complex conflicts by processing it through the body. The work integrates therapeutic practices aimed to break down barriers put up by modern systems. The therapeutic-transformational approach stems from the humanistic stream with an aim to challenge ideas of what makes us human. The objective is to move beyond the limited boundaries of the ego. The work’s development is created in full transparency starting with a universal question plaguing the current collective conscious. An installation is erected and the process is documented and shared with the audience in real time as the question is explored through movement sessions inside the progressing installation. The movement sessions are led by intuitive emotional intelligence intended to move deeper into the human condition: an awareness that begins with the self and ultimately extends beyond. During the documented sessions pre-conditioned emotional patterns are felt then released, clearing obstacles to truths to help resolve persistent painful human limitations. This practice offers a reconditioning of how we process information creating new pathways of understanding to co-construct questions of ethics, empathy, and imagination that include the nuanced fragilities of our shared stories. The changes of our time contain great challenges calling for new forms of knowledge and expression to strengthen the fibers of our social contract in order to transform.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jillian is a video, installation, authentic movement artist and creative arts therapist. She has danced at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with The Miami City Ballet under the tutelage of Edward Villella and trained with The Boston Ballet. After acquiring a BA from New York University in Art History, Psychology, and Studio Art, Jillian earned her Masters of Professional Studies in Creativity Development and Art Therapy from Pratt Institute. She co-created and managed the first mental health program at University Settlement’s Children’s Corner in Brownsville; co-created the first mental health program at The League’s Education and Treatment Center’s LAND Gallery; and she has worked in the inpatient acute psychiatric unit at NYU’s Langone Medical Center. She worked as Director of Development at RxArt, a nonprofit organization that transforms sterile healthcare environments by commissioning contemporary artists to create site-specific installations. She performed in the 2017 Guggenheim’s Young Collectors Party with Quenton Stuckey. Jillian also performs with contemporary dance company FlucT+ at The Lever House in Upward Facing Control Table Top curated by Maccarone Gallery, Studio 94 and Performa; and at Secret Project Robot for Model Home, a performance art installation created by Monica Mirabile. She has performed with choreographer Sigrid Lauren in pieces including Nike Dead Daddy Dog at Wild Project, and in The Spring Break Art Show in partnership with Kickstarter and Current Sessions at Skylight Moyinhan Station. Jillian choreographed and performed work in curator Sarah Kinlaw’s Living Library and has choreographed and performed in the piece Duality with Uta Bekaia in Susan Bartsch’s Art-A-Porter at Chashama. Jillian has designed and built large-scale installations for Output, Paperbox, Glasslands and at Pioneer Work in December 2018. Jillian was Otion Front Studio’s September 2016 artist-in-residence, resident artist at BUOYRR summer 2017, artist-in-residence at Arts, Letters and Numbers October 2018; residence at SomoS in Berlin, July 2019, and will be artist-in-residence at Art and Culture Today’s IMAGO in Bulgaria, October 2019.