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Jill Chism

QLD, Australia

Chism sees herself as a custodian of the natural environment. She recognizes the significance of place and our connections as individuals to both our local environment and the larger cosmos.
With academic qualifications in Theology, Chism's understanding of reality has evolved to become more aligned with the Advaita Vedanta tradition. Her personal experiences have to lead to an appreciation for the great mystery of life, the preciousness of the present moment and the understanding that we are just a small expression of a greater consciousness.
Her influences include the works of Ramana Maharshi, Adyashanti and Eckhart Tolle amongst others. These influences inform her art practice which spans over four decades, evoking the liminal zones where questions are asked, objects appear and disappear, edges blur between realities, always inviting reflection on who we are and our purpose.
Chism’s eclectic approach to materials and processes is determined, by the art project at hand. She understands that each art project has a unique voice and if we listen the creative process will unfold. Her artworks include ephemeral sculptures, assemblage, glassworks that are imbued with ethereal qualities often juxtaposed with more permanent metal and wood structures.
Chism is often seen at her local beach collecting waste that appears on the shore, recycling this into both ephemeral and fixed works for natural sites and gallery environments.
Her selected 27 solo exhibitions, spanning 4 decades, demonstrate her versatility, command of mixed materials and understanding of many and various geographical site-specific locations across Australia.
Motivated to elevate and inspire, Chism's 24 commissioned public artworks also span diverse geographical site-specific locations in Australia. Engaging with local communities, Chism masterfully translates their voice into refined work that unites people with place. Chism has a command of materials, which ensures both a personal and meaningful aesthetic. She lives and works in Far North Queensland.
A recipient of a Creative Fellowship from Arts Queensland, in 2007 Chism launched ‘Waters' edge, creating environments’. This 3-year Environmental Art Project entailed Chism and invited artists responding to various sites at the waters edge across Queensland.
Along with her vast history as an artist, Chism has established educational art programs in a number of Institutes and lectured in the Bachelor of Creative Arts at James Cook University in Cairns.
She continues to work from her studio at Oak Beach, south of Port Douglas on public and private commissions within Australia.
In 2018 Chism instigated Call of the Running Tide, a biennial ephemeral sculpture event to be held from 2019 in the Douglas shire in Far North Queensland where she lives. The inaugural event focused on local and global environmental issues and included work from local and invited artists within Australia.
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