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Jill M. Armstrong
  • Female
  • Calgary
  • Canada
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College / University
alberta college of art diploma 1985, school of the art institute of chicago post baccalaureate certificate 1988
Program / Degree
painting, sculpture
Member type
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Drawing, Film, Installation, Painting, Sculpture
I am...
in progress...
About my artwork
My art practice is comprised of several different streams of work, defined by different mediums. I work on at least four different streams of drawings alone, including large-scale drawings in charcoal, graphite, or oil stick on paper or frosted mylar, as well as small ink drawings on acid-free card stock and vellum. Besides drawings, I also make assemblage and sculpture from found objects and various binding materials. A lot of the work is black & white and/or employs the original colours of found things.

All of the work is pure invention, and although I do my work for pleasure and enjoy the meditative, ritual aspect involved in the repetitive drawing/shaping/capturing of images/movement, there is the thing that drives the work, which, in image or word, is the pursuit of poetry.

In the case of my drawings, I work with significant invented or found illusion of 3D form in an imagined space, on a 2D format.  Ultimately what matters most is the integrity of each drawing in and of itself, regardless of its connections with anything external, by which I mean truth to the potential of the object as vital subject, to allow itself to be seen regardless of external references. I draw these forms and objects because I need to see them. The catalyst for each piece could be a form that I find, or an environment that grows on the page as the result of a repeated gesture or a fortunate smudge. Regardless of where they come from, my intention is to give these inventions form & presence and the matter-of-factness of recognizable objects. They may inhabit a non-committal, vague pictorial space, suggesting an underwater environment, or a dreamscape, but they work with me, engaged in a rigorous, even obsessive practice of mapping out paths of little or no resistance within entirely imaginary events

The found-object sculptures I make are carefully crafted, their size usually being determined by the human scale of the various objects’ prior purposes. People’s shoes, teeth and wigs, (which are, notably, things which are usually not destroyed by death or abandonment, but are left behind, as it were, as anonymous, though potent, signifiers of the person who wore them), along with x-rays, as well as miscellaneous toys, fragments of other found objects, and joining materials become my media. Surface intervention is minimal; either the objects are wholly bound, in perhaps, black cloth tape and wax, or they retain the original nostalgic colours and traces of an active history. Emotional surface tension defines each successful piece, as if it’s somehow restrained, and possibly concealing something, a secret or an alternate identity or vital materiality.
Artists I like
milton avery, cy twombly, anne hamilton, ann wilson, dylan thomas, phillip glass, susan rothenberg, lhasa de sela, william kentridge, priit parn, jane campion, jack kerouac, james joyce, william gibson, sylvia plath, kurt schwitters, gertrude stein pablo picasso, auguste rodin, maya lin, kiki smith, gabriel orozco, frida kahlo, jan svankmajer, reuben gonzales, the brothers quay, tom waits, richard reeves, pina bausch, don mckay, steven heighton, dennis cooley, marina tsvetaeva,...more to come
art, lots and lots of art, poetry, cooking, film, traveling, herbal medicine, science fiction, crop circles, most mysteries...
Centre of the artworld:
nowhere and everywhere

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At 19:05 on January 19, 2012, Jacques Banne said…

Perhaps the following will interest you:
We IARTEXPO a non for profit association
are organizing, an International Art Show and Exhibit ( Paint. Sculp. Phot0g. ) here in Israel in 2012.
Subject: Art as a bridge for Peace.
We would like to know If you are interested.
To take part in participating in the event as:
an Artist
would you like to act as
Our Representative in your area - on a commission basis
Would you like to be a member of the organization .
Please contact me.

Please contact me.
Jacques Banne
iaa - aiap [unesco]
Would you like transmit the above annouNcement to your gallerists friends TU

At 19:01 on January 19, 2012, Jacques Banne said…




At 12:05 on May 9, 2011, Rossello Damiano said…
At 19:03 on February 19, 2011, Alan Taylor Jeffries said…
Hi Jill, thank you for your comments.  Your work is very eclectic & visually stimulating.  I especially like Jacks II & III.
At 0:29 on February 16, 2011, dangerous ideas said…
Had some time hanging around the house today and thought I'd catch up on some of the art sites and such. Pretty much all of your work is worthy of response, but you've posted a lot (as have I), so I'll need to return for a few more looks.
At 21:07 on February 15, 2011, dangerous ideas said…
Your work is provocative, conceptual, archetypal, surreal, beautiful, often disturbing, occasionally hilarious and very accomplished. Obviously you know your modern and 'post-modern' references. Brilliant!
At 20:29 on January 30, 2011, Duckett and Jeffreys Gallery said…

Hi Jill thanks for finding us - to keep updated with Duckett and Jeffreys Gallery visit www.duckettandjeffreys.com or follow our blog

Enjoyed your body of work

At 23:59 on December 3, 2010, Keri Joy Colestock said…
Very cool work hon. Thanks for your kind remarks. Hugs.
At 13:34 on November 16, 2010, Elen Mai Wyn-Jones said…
love your work!particularly the piece with the hair. very curious! thanks for the add elen
At 12:23 on November 16, 2010, vanilla beer said…
thanks:)) Am very new to this so learning how to use it, slowly -


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