Jess is a Geelong local undertaking her doctoral research on art and the critical posthumanities, interrogating this emerging relationship and its methods of production. This project includes transdisciplinary collaborations with researchers and artists beyond her home faculty and institution. In parallel to the PhD, Jess’ broader creative work relates to her interests in critical identity practices, relational systems and institutional critique. In 2020, Jess has been engaged in a series of group exhibitions and projects focused on performance art. As an ongoing member of the regional Victorian/Surf Coast artist collective, Creative Occupation Group, she has recently participated in remote and asynchronous exhibition events that have adapted to COVID-19 impacts. She is a sessional tutor at the Victorian College of the Arts, most recently teaching into undergraduate and Masters of Contemporary Art subjects within Critical and Theoretical Studies. Jess holds first class Honours degrees in both the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Monash University) and the Bachelor of Fine Art (The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne). She has written for art publications both academic and popular, such as the Conversation and Art+Australia. In addition, Jess has been working for a decade in her physiotherapist profession, including hospital, rehabilitation and management roles. She now specialises in aged care physiotherapy part time.
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