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Jennifer Wilkey

Hello, my name is Jennifer. I have constantly busy little hands in work ranging from art to archaeology. I received degrees in both from SIUE and found that the areas meshed together nicely. I combine these interests in my anthropology senior project, "Determining the Function of Stumpware in the American Bottom through Experimental Archaeology." By recreating this ceramic style of the American Bottom, I explored ideas on the uses for the unusual forms. After graduation from SIUE, I worked full time as a contract archaeologist at both Parsons and ITARP, as well as working as a gallery assistant and on the installation crew at the Contemporary Art Museum in St.Louis.

I currently attend Syracuse University as a graduate student in Art Photography. Since moving to the east coast, I have continued to take courses relating to Museum Studies and Anthropology. However, my current anthropological interests lie in the construct of illness in our current society. I recently helped current the exhibition "On the Move" at the Everson Museum in Syracuse , NY , as well as independently curating film and video screenings associated with the show.

While at Syracuse University , I found a love for teaching. I have taught introduction photography and art history classes at the college level, as well as performed workshops and visiting artist lectures for younger students. My summer of 2007 was spent in Chicago as an intern for the Chicago Artists' Coalition, where I hope to return in 2008. In addition, my artwork has been shown frequently in the US and Canada .

In my current artistic research, I am recording the hospital, performing as a patient, and creating visceral artifacts about the experience of illness. My photographs, videos, and installations explore of how pathologies effect both body and mind. The space I work in is between the worlds of the hospital and the outside world. My mother is my constant inspiration and strength and my interest in illness stems from my family's experience.Please visit my website: www.jenniferwilkey.com

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