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Artist Works

  • Image of JW Disintegrating Geometries iii

    Jillian Wordsworth

    JW Disintegrating Geometries iii

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    Jillian Wordsworth

    JW Disintegrating Geometries i

Artist Biography


My work is an exploration of experience as much as it is of place. Whilst I have often taken the landscape as my muse, I am less interested in replicating its form as I am in examining its mystery and exploring the ability of art to describe that which is beyond what we see and understand.

I employ a practice-led approach to investigate materiality, at times relinquishing control to embrace the incidental. I have used symbolism and metaphor, although my current works omit the language of representation to embrace abstraction and its capacity for describing experiences beyond words.

Growing up in rural South Canterbury, I was steered away from art at high school, returning to it in adulthood through community classes and workshops. Wanting to develop a more contemporary fine arts practice, I decided to study full time at University of Canterbury’s Ilam School of Fine Art, where I am currently enrolled in the BFA Honours programme. 


Selected Exhibitions:

2022 Murray & Co Emerging Artists

2021 Paper, Paint, Rock, at Arthole, Christchurch

2017 Pegasus Bay Art Show (Best in show)

2012 Te Wai Pounamu, Arts in Oxford

2012 Three Landscape Artists, Arts in Oxford 

2007-2017 Various group and community shows in North Canterbury and Wellington


Artist Exhibitions

  • 26th Jul 2023 - 13th Aug 2023: Liminal Materials – Charrette van Eekelen, Jillian Wordsworth, Tracy Hay

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