Jennifer Hartley Illanes is a multimedia artist working in Calgary as a Studio Assistant with Natalie Gerber. Her practice makes use of fibre arts, digital media, sculpture, and performance. She holds a BFA with distinction in Sculpture from The Alberta University of the Arts, and received the Board of Governors Graduating Student Award in 2016.
Jennifer has participated in the Contextural Fibre Arts Residency, the AUArts Artist in Residency Program with a focus on Mental Health Awareness, and has shown her work in galleries in Alberta and Manitoba. With her art reaching audiences across the world, her practice is continuing to expand.
Jennifer’s work explores themes of extravagance, medieval symbolism, feminism, religion and playful social critique. By making use of literary and historical symbols and stories, she binds the past with the contemporary in an attempt to evaluate our society through the lens of previous centuries. Another aspect of Jennifer’s research focuses on the future of young adults in society. Through the use of self-deprecating humor, she hopes to make our apocalyptic fears more approachable.