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Jessie Boylan: Rupture

22 September 2018 – 10 February 2019

Bendigo Art Gallery will be working with local artist Jessie Boylan as the 2018 Going Solo artist. Working closely with gallery curators Jessie has produced an ambitious new body of work, Rupture.

Rupture investigates the ways in which the body and the world mimic each other in modes of panic and crisis. In this immersive video and sound installation, Central Victorian based artist Jessie Boylan collaborates with trauma-informed psychotherapist Jenna Tuke, digital media artist Linda Dement and writer and performer Virginia Barratt to interpret how symptoms of ‘disorder’ can be seen as an appropriate response to personal traumas and global catastrophe.

In our current age of anxiety, global politics, environmental devastation, insecurity and instability pervade our daily lives; we are constantly faced with present and imminent environmental and psychological ‘rupture’. In this space, where cracks and lines appear, these ruptures reveal a human moment beneath the everyday. Boylan considers the state of rupture as both urgency and agency and as a vehicle to engage with our catastrophic times.


Bendigo Art Gallery has played a key role in the development of the cultural landscape of central Victoria and has a long history of supporting the diverse creative practices of artists living and working in this region. In 2014 the Gallery reinforced its commitment to showcasing the best of local contemporary art through the special initiative Going Solo. As part of this initiative, a dedicated timeframe is set aside each year to showcase the work of an exemplary contemporary artist at the Gallery.

More information on Going Solo

Jessie Boylan, Rupture, 2018, video still, courtesy the artist
Jessie Boylan, Rupture (shimmer body (falling)) 2018, video still, Jessie Boylan, Linda Dement & Virginia Barratt.