Ville Niemi 13.12.2020
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To the Reader,
I am writing regarding Jessie Bullivant’s website: jessiebullivant.com which I developed in April 2019. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with professional biographical details. It is (semi-) regularly updated.
Jessie was born in 1986 in Australia. They acknowledge the Wiradjuri people as the traditional custodians of the country on which they were born and raised, and the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations whose land they were an uninvited guest on for over a decade. They pay their respects to their Elders, past, present and future and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.
Jessie is an artist, writer, and academic currently based in Helsinki, Finland, where they recently completed a Master’s of Fine Arts (Time & Space) at the Academy of Fine Arts (Kuvataideakatemia.) Their thesis project was described by examiner Marina Vishmidt as “a fascinatingly reflexive project which is adept at performatively enacting its critical interests in a highly developed conceptual format”. A review of their MFA work by Kaino Wennerstrand can be read on AQNB here.
They are currently an artist in residence at Helsinki International Artist Programme. Jessie is currently working with Jemina Lindholm on a contribution for Rehearsing Hospitalities, Frame Contemporary Art Finland’s public programme for 2019-2023.
In 2020 Jessie was granted an artists working grant by The Finnish Cultural Foundation, and presented work in Fantasy 1&2, an exhibition curated by Saara Hannus at SIC Gallery in Helsinki; big wet, a site-specific project in a flying-saucer shaped water tower in Espoo (Finland), in collaboration with artists Jani Anders Puhronen, Kristina Sedlerova-Villanen & Emelie Luostarinen; BIRD FEEDERS (2020) visible online at ofluxo.net; and contributed to #STOPHATREDNOW – New Standards.
Recent exhibitions include WORMHOLE (2019) at KNULP, in Sydney (with special guests Andrey Bogush, Océane Bruel, Flis Holland, Elliot Lundegård, Rowan McNaught & Niko Wearden); Wayfind (2018) curated by Amelia Winata as part of Next Wave Festival, in Melbourne; A thousand times the rolling sun (2018) curated by Gabriel Curtin at the HM Prison Beechworth; Infrastructuralism (2018), curated by Kent Wilson at the Latrobe Art Institute, Bendigo; On Being (2017) curated by Charlotte Cornish at the Honeymoon Suite, Melbourne; Unproductive Thinking (2017) curated by James Lynch at Deakin Art Gallery, Melbourne; Saturn Returns (2016) curated by James Bowen at Fort Delta, Melbourne.
Jessie has also curated several projects, including No, no, no! (after you) (2016) co-curated with Mitchel Cumming at KNULP in Sydney; Bedshed, (2016) at Seventh Gallery; Leisure & Lifestyle (2014) at Incinerator Gallery & Horsham Regional Art Gallery); and Interpreting Variable Arrangements (2013), in collaboration with Isadora Vaughan at Kulturhuset, Stockholm.
Jessie’s writing has been published in un magazine 14.2 (2020), Writing & Concepts 2016: Volume 1 (2018), Art+Australia online (2018), and Koreografisk Journal #6: Dressage (Sweden, 2019). They have delivered lectures at RMIT Design Hub (as part of the series Writing&Concepts curated by Jan Van Schaik) and Deakin Downtown (in conversation with Ian Milliss). They have worked as a lecturer at RMIT University, Latrobe College, and an Artist Mentor at VCASS (all Melbourne).
Jessie has been a finalist in several art prizes, including the Darebin Art Prize (2017), Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize (2017) and John Fries Award (2016). While they were Highly Commended in the John Fries Award, it should be noted that they have yet to win a prize.
Jessie has completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne) in 2015, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT University (Melbourne) in 2011. During their undergraduate studies, they studied for one semester at Parsons: The New School, in New York (2011).
Jessie can be contacted at [email protected]