jen valender is an Australasian artist from Aotearoa based in Naarm Melbourne, Australia working across moving image, sculpture, sound, installation and performance art. Her practice undulates between the absurd and the uncanny to surface undercurrents of institutional, cultural and social tension. Jen’s current research investigates hybrids between sculpture, moving image and sound techniques for immersive installations that compress complex experiences and ethical dilemmas into simple gestures. She is the co-foundner of AMP art collective and editor of the Volumes of Mutual Aid art journal.  

I acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which I live and work; the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations.    

Education
2020/2021  Master of Fine Arts (Research)
VCA, University of Melbourne
2019  Bachelor of Fine Arts (honours)
VCA, University of Melbourne
2018  Bachelor of Fine Arts
Monash University, Melbourne

Exhibitions
2020  Volumes of Mutual Aid
Digital Platform & Journal 
Collaboration with Tina Stefanou
presented by AMP Art Collective

2020  Clean unclean
Fringe Digital  
Melbourne Fringe Festival

2020  Blackout clean
Zero O’Clock Digital, curated by Sophia Cai
hosted by the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) Melbourne

2020  The Objet a and why you should want the heart of Himalayan monkeys et al
Digital Platform 
George Paton Gallery Virtual

2020  Light Windows
Produced by HoloCenter, New York
presented by Centre for Projection Art  
Zaneth Manor & Collingwood Yards, Melbourne

2020  Tank
Next Wave New Student Precinct Project
University of Melbourne

2019  This is nice
FiX Performance
KINGS (ARI), Melbourne

2019  Familial Feet  
Produced by Choat Collab.
Fringe 33, Fringe Festival
Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne

2019  Shyness is nice 
Performing Textiles exhibition
Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne

2019  Balancing Act 
Dirty Dozen Creative Spaces
Campbell Arcade, City of Melbourne

2019  Built-Bridges-Burnt
Satellite Anthem curated by Kate Just
Assembly Point Vitrines, City of Melbourne

2019  Fabrication
Collaboration with Denise Honan & Karima Baadilla
222 Rosslyn Gallery, Melbourne

2018  Bear Ear
Small works exhibition
fortyfivedownstairs gallery, Melbourne

2018  Before the Light Leaves Us  
Collaboration with Denise Honan, From Nature 2018
Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne

2018  Bunny & Bongo
Held in the hand exhibition 
Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2018  Fem*
Build/ReBuild exhibition
Collaboration with Denise Honan
The Artists Guild Docklands, Melbourne    

2018  Fluoro Nightmare and the Restrained One
Collaboration with Denise Honan
Intermission Gallery, Monash University

Awards, Grants & Residencies
Centre for Projection Art 2020 Residency
Collingwood Yards, Melbourne

Next Wave New Student Precinct
Project Art Prize 2019

‘Tank’ 2020 billboard
University of Melbourne

Miegunyah Student Project Award 2019
‘Hold your tongue, Sir: Govenor Bligh hauled out from under a bed’
Ian Potter Museum of Art

Ralph McLean Microgrant 2019
‘Familial Feet’
Fringe Festival, Abbotsford Convent

UMSU Creative Arts Grant 2019
‘Shyness is nice’
Performing Textiles, Ian Potter

Bearbrass Prize 2018
‘Stage of the brief and found’    
MADA Now exhibition

Studio XL>XS 2018
Summer residency, The District Docklands

Committee Appointments
2019-2020  Port Phillip Council Art Acquisition Reference Committee


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Mark