Jill Downen
American, b. 1967. Lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.

Current exhibition "Window Women" at Bruno David Gallery / Window on Forsyth. September 2 - November 11, 2017

Jill Downen is an interdisciplinary artist whose installations address the symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture. In the work, bulges, wrinkles, tendons, and biomorphic elements emerge from walls, floors, and support structures. Her art seeks to enlarge the viewer's awareness of space. In regards to her art, Downen states, "The work concerns the notion that a building is a body, conditioned by its materiality, location, social position, and cultural environment."

Recently, Downen was awarded a residency at the Cite International des Arts in Paris. In 2003, she received a Great Rivers Biennial Grant, sponsored by Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Gateway Foundation, and in 2004, she exhibited "The Posture of Place" as part of the first Great Rivers Biennial. Her art has been reviewed in numerous publications, including Sculpture Magazine, Art Papers, The New York Times, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Downen holds an MFA in sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis as a Danforth Scholar and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in painting and printmaking.


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