Jahnne Pasco-White, Bodily Feeling

Jahnne Pasco-White lives and works on Gulidjan Country. Her expanded painting practice explores the interconnectedness between humans and our environment. Her intuitive, generous style of abstraction articulates itself in raw, gestural paintings on fabric and canvas. Hand dyed fabrics pigmented with organic materials gathered from her surroundings ­– including domestic debris and matter collected from the natural environment – are complemented by acrylic paint, oil stick, pastel and crayon. Into these surfaces, she introduces segments of old paintings, cut up and reworked in an ongoing cycle of decay and renewal. Pasco-White is interested in the generative process of creating, and the layers of authorship that are variously revealed and concealed by mark-making and her continuous process of addition, subtraction and reworking.

Pasco-White was the winner of the prestigious Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize in 2019, and a finalist in the 2019 Ramsay Art Prize, Australia’s premier prize for emerging artists. She was the recipient of a 2018 Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Moya Dyring Memorial Studio scholarship at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and was awarded a Martin Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Painting 2018-20 from the Australian Council for the Arts. Pasco-White has completed residencies in Germany, Italy, Iceland, New Zealand, and Australia, including at LIA in Leipzig, the Rome Art Program, the Icelandic Nes Artist Residency, and Gertrude Contemporary. Pasco-White recently completed a Masters of Fine Art at Monash University, where she was a student representative on the Climate Task Force.