About

Jen Bowmast is a studio artist, creating installations to explore themes around spirituality. Jen considers the idea that art, both the making and experiencing, is a way to connect with other realms of experience, interpret an inner vision or as a mode of knowledge in itself. Within her art practice, encounters with clairvoyants are catalysts for haptic intuitive making with raw materials such as bronze, clay and stone. These artefacts are offered as transitional objects betwixt one place and another reflecting the moment of exchange between artist and reader during esoteric meetings. Jen is interested in the position of the artist as querent, researching real and imagined relationships between artist, objects, materials and the space they inhabit.

Jen lives in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Education
2018 University of Canterbury, Master of Fine Arts (Distinction)

Selected Shows and Projects

2020
Speaking Surfaces, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
ZONTA Female Art Awards 2020, Finalists Exhibition, Ashburton Art Gallery, New Zealand
Dimensions of the Sacred, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland Oregon, USA

2019
National Contemporary Art Award 2019, Finalists Exhibition, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, New Zealand
All my friends are Psychic, Viewfinder Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand (Solo)
BAI BAI, Taitung Art Museum, Taiwan
Sacred Sites, RAMP Gallery, Wintec, Hamilton, New Zealand (Solo)
The Aura is Present, (performance) AAANZ conference, University of Auckland, New Zealand

2018
Performing the Future (performance), AAANZ conference, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
Sleight of Hand, Group show, RAMP Gallery, Wintec, Hamilton
Project 306, Room 306 gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Artefacts of the Future, The National, Christchurch (Solo)
Ilam Masters 2018, Ilam Campus Gallery, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

2017
Arte Laguna Prize, Finalists Exhibition, Nappe Arsenale, Venice, Italy
Select 17, Ilam Campus Gallery, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Artefacts of the Future (performance), AAANZ conference, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

2016
Poetics of Space, G-Space Gallery, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, New Zealand (Solo)
Select 16, Ilam Campus Gallery, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
While We Were Talking, University of Canterbury Open Day, New Zealand
The Annual Wallace Art Awards, Finalists Exhibition, Pah Homestead and Wallace Gallery Morrinsville, Pataka Art + Museum, Wellington, New Zealand
National Contemporary Art Award 2016, Finalists Exhibition, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, New Zealand
Lives of Objects, University of Canterbury Campus, New Zealand
The Vanguard Project, Salt Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand (Collaboration)

Awards/Scholarships/Residencies
2020 Asia New Zealand Foundation Arts Practioner Fund
2019 Taitung County Artists Exchange Programme, Taiwan (Asia New Zealand Foundation)
2017 Jane Rounick Memorial Prize, University of Canterbury
2017 Ethel Rose Overton Scholarship, University of Canterbury
2017 Ethel Susan Jones Fine Arts Travelling Scholarship, University of Canterbury
2016 The Annual Wallace Art Awards, Jury Prize (Collaboration)
2016 National Contemporary Art Award, Merit Award (Collaboration)
2016 Salt Gallery Residency, Nelson, New Zealand