The Doll's House, 2013, Mixed Media
ABOUT THE WORK
There is no match for the tremendous intelligence of the body. My 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. My artistic practice is a way: by healing themselves they heal the world. 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: recording and sharing the process with the audience. The practice begins with the artist experiencing the community and the energy of the location. Documented movement sessions in the form of video art are created in untraditional settings and may include building installations. The sessions are led by intuitive intelligence intended to move deeper into personal reflection exploring the human condition: an awareness that begins with the self and ultimately extends beyond. The work guides us deeper into the subconscious using instinct as the driving force to connect to each other through the collective conscious. 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 trained creative arts therapist, installation artist, and classically trained ballet dancer. Jillian 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, Brooklyn where she treated youth, ages two to four, through group and individualized play, dance, and art therapy. She co-created the first mental health program at The League’s Education and Treatment Center’s LAND Gallery, a studio and gallery space for adults with developmental delays; and she has worked in the inpatient acute psychiatric unit at NYU’s Langone Medical Center. She also 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 and produced by Secret Project Robot. She has performed and continues to work 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 built installations for Output, Paperbox, Glasslands and for Authority Figure directed by Sarah Kinlaw and Monica Mirable at The Knockdown Center. Jillian was Otion Front Studio’s September 2016 artist-in-residence, resident artist at BUOYRR summer 2017, and will be artist-in-residence at Arts, Letters and Numbers in October 2018.
Pratt Institute Graduate School of Design, Brooklyn, NY; 2010 – 2012
Masters Degree in Professional Studies in Creativity Development and Art Therapy
· GPA: 3.9, with Distinction and Recipient of Pratt Circle Award
· Completed IRB Approved Master Thesis, Clandestine Therapy: A Study of Street Art
New York University, New York, NY; 2005 – 2009
Bachelor of Arts
· GPA: 3.7, Cum Laude
· Major in Art History and Minor in Psychology and Studio Art