Jessie Boylan

Jessie Boylan is an artist based on Dja Dja Wurrung country in Central Victoria, Australia. Spanning a documentary-based practice, Boylan is interested in collaborative work as well as modes of affect and disruption. They use photography, video and sound to explore environmental, social and psychological disturbances. Boylan is a member of Lumina, an Australian photography collective, the Atomic Photographers Guild, an international group who aim to render visible all aspects of the nuclear age, and the Nuclear Futures/Alphaville Community Arts Project. Boylan is currently undertaking a PhD at RMIT, Melbourne.

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 Jessie Boylan, Rupture, video still, 2018, multi-channel video and sound, 13 min. This work is a collaboration between Jessie Boylan, trauma-informed psychotherapist Jenna Tuke, digital media artist Linda Dement and writer and performer Virginia Barratt. Courtesy of the artists.

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 Jessie Boylan, Rupture, video still, 2018, multi-channel video and sound, 13 min. This work is a collaboration between Jessie Boylan, trauma-informed psychotherapist Jenna Tuke, digital media artist Linda Dement and writer and performer Virginia Barratt. Courtesy of the artists.

Jessie Boylan exhibited in the Care Exhibition Program, supported by Regional Arts Victoria, at Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney, in February 2021. The video and photo installation The Smallest Measure proposes that we stop to deeply honour that element that we rarely see and take almost entirely for granted: air. Boylan’s approach to representing air’s fundamental importance is to visualise the work that climate scientists do to take care of air, rigorously studying, capturing, measuring, observing, and comparing samples in some of the world’s most remote locations, in order to care for the Earth and the wellbeing of all life.

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