Jennifer Turpin is a public artist with 20 year’s experience creating kinetic installations engaging water, wind and light as sculptural media. She creates dynamic site-specific kinetic artworks at the interface of art, science, nature and the built environment.
Activated by nature’s elemental energies, her artworks are rhythmic, responsive and transformative ‘performances’ in the everyday life of the city. Many of the artworks are part of environmental restoration projects. At once puzzling, playful, mesmerising and contemplative, the artworks make visible the invisible and highlight the elemental energies of nature so often taken for granted.
Jennifer is a 2016 recipient of a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship. She pursued her interest in the marriage of art, science and the environment visiting and researching environmental public art and architectural design in the contemporary and historic cultures of Japan, Denmark, Iceland and Italy with a special focus on works that collaborate with the natural energetic forces of wind, water and light.
Jennifer has a particular focus on the culture of water and during her travels looked at different attitudes to conserving, protecting, reusing and engaging with water and how art and design can bring the poetics and beauty of such initiatives to people’s attention.
Jennifer and artist colleague Michaelie Crawford work collaboratively with scientists, engineers and specialist designers to realise their innovative sculptural projects. They have participated in multi-disciplinary urban design teams and embrace specialist curatorial projects as part of their studio practise. They have collaborated with architects, landscape architects, other design professionals, developers, governments and councils on creative urban projects in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Singapore and regional Australia.