Ville Niemi 1.07.2022
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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 ghost-written by Jessie and regularly updated.
Jessie was born in 1986 in (so-called) Australia. They acknowledge the Wiradjuri people as the traditional custodians of the country on which they were born and raised, and pay their respects to their Elders, past, present and future and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.
Jessie is an artist, writer, and arts worker currently based in Helsinki, Finland. Jessie is currently supported by Kone Foundation.
Their work is currently visible in the Karjaa Water Tower as part of Big Wet 2.0, open on select dates during the 2022 summer (link here).
Most recently, their work A Bad Sign was presented in the window of Titanik gallery, Turku, over 2021. The episodic work was commissioned by Katie Lenanton & Bogna Wisniewska and documentation can be found on instagram @something.is.weathering. Other recent project include:Access Riders, a project with Jemina Lindholm as part of Frame Contemporary Art Finland’s Rehearsing Hospitalities programme; Reciprocities (2021) at Vantaa Art Museum Artsi, (which remained closed to the public for its duration due to COVID-19); Fantasy 1&2, 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 Purhonen, Kristina Sedlerova-Villanen & Emelie Luostarinen; and BIRD FEEDERS (2020) visible online at ofluxo.net.
From 2020-21 Jessie was an artist in residence at Helsinki International Artist Programme. In 2020 they were awarded an artists working grant by The Finnish Cultural Foundation. 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’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 #StopHatredNow2020 – New Standards; RMIT Design Hub (as part of the series Writing&Concepts); and at Deakin Downtown (in conversation with Ian Milliss). They have taught at Aalto University, RMIT University, Latrobe College, and an Artist Mentor at VCASS (all Melbourne).
Jessie completed a Master’s of Fine Arts (Time & Space) at the Academy of Fine Arts. Their thesis was awarded by the Kuvataideakatemia Academic Council, and 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. Prior to this, they 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]