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JENNIFER TURPIN
Born 1958, Perth

Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford are known primarily as a collaborative duo who, for the past ten years, have produced many public artworks of considerable scale and beauty. These have been the result of prestigious commissions from government, public authorities, councils and corporations. They include Storm Waters, 2003, a multi-award winning environmental stormwater sculpture for Landcom’s Victoria Park site, South Sydney; Tied to Tide, 1999, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Pyrmont Point Park, (ARUP NAWIC Award); Tank, 1997, Downing Centre Tunnel, Museum Station, Sydney (NAWIC Merit Award); and Well, 1995, New Children’s Hospital, Westmead, Sydney.

Using water, wind and light as sculptural media, the natural elements in these large-scale kinetic artworks are not the subject of the artworks but rather a vehicle for the emotions. The works may be playful and unpredictable, inviting an imaginative response from the viewer. In each case, a natural phenomenon behaves strangely. In Storm Waters, for instance, water falls down a slope in a tease of nature at a forty-five degree angle. In Tied to Tide, the long timber arms hinged to a jetty in Sydney Harbour respond with inverse movement to the rise and fall of the tide.

Likewise, in Turpin’s ‘Water Works’ series from 1991, falling water becomes a play of gravity and surface tension where water is reduced to a descent of myriad droplets. The effect is an intriguing slowing of time where water appears to float upwards instead of downwards.

Turpin’s recent individual exhibition piece, Holy Ghost, 2004, makes poetic use of water, everyday materials and simple computer controls to create a gentle fog that follows a changing pattern of simulated breathing.

BIOGRAPHY
1977–81 Bachelor of Arts, with Honours in Fine Arts, The University of Sydney
1982–83 Sculpture 1, Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino, Italy
1983–84 Foundation Course, Sir John Cass School of Arts, London
1986–88 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Sculpture), Sydney College of the Arts
1989–90 Graduate Diploma (Visual Arts), Sydney College of the Arts
Lives and works in Sydney

EXHIBITIONS
2004 site: [unseen], Sherman Galleries @ Danks Street, Depot Gallery, Sydney
1999 Sydney Metropolis, images of Tank and Tied to Tide, Museum of Sydney
1996 Transformers, Green Noise II, Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand
1995 Girls Girls Girls! , Green Noise I, Annandale Galleries, Sydney; Orange Regional Gallery, New South Wales
Canberra National Sculpture Forum, The Water Axis, collaborative outdoor sculpture with architect Peter Tonkin and artist Gail McDermott, Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra
1994 Going Public, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
1993 Fifth Australian Sculpture Triennial, Water Works V, water installation, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1992 Water Works IV, water installation, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
Synthesis 6, In the Hoist Shaft, water installation, in collaboration with Architect James Grose, MSB Bond Store, Sydney
The Blake Prize, Water Works III: The Video, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
1991 Australian Perspecta, Water Works III, water installation, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts Exhibition, Water Works II, water installation, Sydney College of the Arts
1990 Vault, Water Works I, water installation, John Heine Foundry, Sydney
Golden Staircase (Steel Ladders), Drawers of Water, water sculpture,
Performance Space, Sydney; Inland: A Spatial Heritage, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne; in 1995, permanently installed in New Children's Hospital, Westmead, Sydney
1988 89 Degrees on the Water, Shifting Ground, wave and tidal powered kinetic sculpture, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay, Sydney
1987 Histories, Without the Walls, installation, Performance Space, Sydney
1985 A Split Second of Paradise, performance with Station House Opera,
London and Nottingham

AWARDS
2006 New Work Grant, Visual Arts Board, Australia Council
2003 Planning NSW Award for Design, NAWIC (National Associatio n of Women in Construction), Storm Waters, Victoria Park, Sydney
Lloyd Rees Civic Award, RAIA (Royal Australian Institute of Architects), Storm Waters, Victoria Park, Sydney
2000 RAIA Jury Award,Water Swing, 363 George Street, Sydney
ARUP (NAWIC) Award: Art in the Built Environment, Tied to Tide
1999 ARUP (NAWIC) Merit Award: Art in the Built Environment, Tank
1997 Award of Excellence, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (NSW & ACT), landscape artwork for ‘Restoring the Waters', collaboration with Schaffer Barnsley
1996 Professional Development Grant, Visual Arts/Crafts Board, Australia Council
1991–93 Project Grants, Visual Arts/Crafts Board, Australia Council, for the artist-run initiative, Art Engineering Studios (founding member)
1991 Project Grant, Visual Arts/Crafts Board, Australia Council
1982 Arthur Macquarie Post Graduate Travelling Scholarship, University of Sydney

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS
2003 Fan, with Michaelie Crawford, wind-activated sculpture, Federation Mall, Canberra, National Planning Authority (concept and design only)
2001–02 North Terrace Water Sculpture, with Michaelie Crawford, Adelaide City Council and South Australian Government (concept only)
2001 Ghost Windows, with Michaelie Crawford, light sculpture, Supreme Court Sydney, Attorney General’s Department
2000–02 Storm Waters, with Michaelie Crawford, environmental water sculpture, Central Park, Victoria Park, Sydney, Landcom
1999 Water Swing, with Michaelie Crawford, water sculpture, Landmark Centre, Sydney, Australian Growth Properties Ltd, project management Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd, Architects Denton Corker Marshall Pty Ltd (begun 1999; incomplete May 2003)
1998–99 Tied To Tide, with Michaelie Crawford, floating tidal sculptural installation, Pyrmont Point Park, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
1998 Tank, with Michaelie Crawford, installation using water and light, Downing Centre Tunnel, Museum Station, Sydney
Time Rings, with Michaelie Crawford, sculpture, Bicentennial Park Stage II, Leichhardt Council
1997 Water Sculpture, the New Brisbane International Airport , QLD
1996–97 The Memory Line, with Michaelie Crawford, 'Restoring The Waters', Australian Conservation Foundation environmental rehabilitation project, Restoration of Clear Paddock Creek, Fairfield Council (temporary artwork)
Solar Flowers, solar energy infrastructure concept and design, Pumping Stations, Homebush Bay Olympic site (concept only)
1996 Floating the Underground, invitational public art competition for York Park, Canberra, National Planning Authority (concept only)
Tidal Underground, Sydney Customs House (concept only, shortlisted)
Rock Wobble, sculpture for Bicentennial Park Stage II, Rozelle Bay, Leichhardt Council
1995 Well, water sculpture for The New Children's Hospital, Westmead, Sydney
Drawers of Water, with Michaelie Crawford, water sculpture, The New Children's Hospital, Westmead, Sydney
The Enigma of Invisible Sounds, water sound sculpture, Australian
Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales
(concept only)
1994 A Fountain and Two Rivers, with Joan Brassil, water sculpture, Campbelltown City Council (concept only)
1993–94 The Floating Footbridge, Luna Park, Sydney (concept and development only)
1993 River Caves Ride, Luna Park, Sydney (concept only)

SELECTED SPECIAL PROJECTS AND CONSULTANCIES
2004 Competition for Master Plan of Parramatta Civic Square, collaboration with Multiplex and design consultant team
2003–04 Public Art consultancy for Multiplex Constructions
1999 Competition for Master Plan for Alexandra Canal, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning NSW and South Sydney Development Corporation, collaboration with Connybeare Morrison urban design team
1995 Priority One, Pitt Street, Sydney, for Sydney City Council, in conjunction with Buzacott Caro Architects & Spackman Mossop Landscape Architects
Sydney Spaces, concept for Central Railway Square, Sydney City Council, collaboration with architect Ken Maher
1994 Homebush Bay Sydney 2000 Olympic Studio/Workshop,
collaboration with urban planner Darlene Van der Breggen and landscape architect John Blakeney

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Books
Laura Murray Cree (ed.), Twenty: Sherman Galleries 1986–2006, Craftsman House (Thames and Hudson), Melbourne, 2006
Jennifer Turpin & Michaelie Crawford, ‘Public artists working in suburban Fairfield’, in Daniel Lunney & Shelley Burgin (eds), Urban Wildlife: More than Meets the Eye, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Sydney, 2004
Jennifer Turpin & Michaelie Crawford, ‘Restoring the waters: Artists in suburban ecologies’, in Elizabeth Mossop & Paul Walton (eds), City Spaces : Art and Design, Craftsman House, Sydney, 2001
Jennifer Turpin, 'Sculpting the landscape: The Wondabyne Symposium', Follow Me, no. 30, September 1997
Jennifer Turpin, 'Landscape, memory and desire', Art Network, no. 15, autumn 1985

Selected Reviews
Tanner, Howard, ‘Art in the new corporate environment’, Australian Art Market Report, no. 14, December 2004 – February 2005, pp. 18, 19
AILA, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, 1997
Inaugural Awards for achievement in Landscape Architecture, 1997
Australia Council, Annual Report of the Australia Council 1996–1997, 1997
Adams, Bruce, 'Jennifer Turpin', catalogue essay, Fifth Australian Sculpture Triennial, 1993
Baker, Candida, 'Artist hitching water to the cultural stream', Age, Melbourne, 24 August 1992
Baume, Nicholas, 'Jennifer Turpin: Annandale Galleries, Art and Text, no. 43, 1992
Cranswick, David ‘Bridging art and ecology’ Artlink vol .18, no. 2, 1998
Crawford, Ashley, 'Inland', Tension, January 1991
Cummings, June, ‘Producing public art’, Building Innovation & Construction Technology, no.16, December /January 1997/98
Delaruelle, Jacques, 'Jennifer Turpin: Water Works', Art Monthly Australia, 16 September 1992
Dunn, Jackie, 'The object of installation', Craft New South Wales, spring 1991
Engberg, Juliana, 'Fast and loose: The Fifth Australian Sculpture Triennial’,
Art and Australia , vol. 31, no. 3, autumn 1994
Goodwin, Phil, ‘The craft of water features, Landscape Australia, no. 3, August–October1998
Green, Charles, 'Engineering tranquility', World Art, vol. 1, no. 1, 1994
Green, Charles, Peripheral Vision: Contemporary Australian Art1970–1994, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1995
Gregoriou, Linda and McGowan, Tempe, 'Public places, private visions', Monument, no. 21
Guppy, Marla, Better Places, Richer Communities, Cultural Planning and Local Development: A practical Guide, Australia Council, 1997
Hansford, Pam, 'Jennifer Turpin', catalogue essay, Australian Perspecta 1991, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1991
Hill, Peter, 'Render benders', The Bulletin, 10 September 1996
Hocking, John, 'Flight dock', Architecture Australia, July–August 1996
Jackson, Davina & Johnson, Chris, Australian Architecture Now, Thames & Hudson, London, 2000
Johnson, Anna, 'Young at art', Good Weekend Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 April 1997
Johnson, Chris & Patrick Bingham-Hall, Celebrating Sydney 2000: 100 Legacies, Pesaro Publishing, 2000
Jones-Evans, Dale, 'Reinventing the city', Architecture Australia, January–February 1993
Kidd, Courtney ,’Public art in Sydney: Olympian heights or more of the same?’ Artlink , vol. 18, no. 2, 1998
Lamont, Leonie, 'Turning drivetime into design space', Sydney Morning Herald, 7 February 1998
Leatherdale, Julian, 'Water Works', Oz Arts, 10, 1994
Lynn, Victoria, ‘ Jennifer Turpin & Michaelie Crawford: The choreography of time, light and water, Art & Australia , vol . 39, no. 2, 2001
McGillick, Paul, ‘Making connections: The public art of Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford’, Like, Art Magazine, no. 16, spring 2001
McGillick, Paul, Water Swing’, Monument, no. 38, 2000
McGillick, Paul, 'New Children's Hospital', Monument, no. 14, 1996
Marshall, Sam, 'Art for fun's sake', Object, summer 1992
Mossop, Elizabeth & Walton, Paul (eds), City Spaces: Art and Design, Craftsman House, Sydney, 2001
O’Brian, Geraldine, ‘Sculptors expose Sydney’s working heart’, Sydney Morning Herald, 27October 1999
Rooney, Robert, 'Kitsch from the heights', Australian, 24 November 1990
Schaffer, Barbara , ‘Water stories: River rituals’, Habitat , Australian Conservation Foundation, vol. 24, no. 5, October 1996
Stewart, Meg, 'Jennifer Turpin: Creative spirit', Sydney Morning Herald, 17 April 1996
Susskind, Anne, ‘Swing cleaning marks time’, Bulletin, 22 February 2000
Susskind, Anne, 'Tank', Sydney Morning Herald, 29 August 1997
Towndrow, Jennifer, 'Synthesis 6: Collaborations now and for the future', Architecture Australia, December 1992





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