Jillian Crochet is a Bay Area artist from the Gulf Coast working in sculpture, video, and performance. Her sculptures use haptic and embodied aesthetics to challenge the hierarchy of the senses. Her practice questions the medical model, desire for control, and the complex ethics of genetics and experimentation. Familial artifacts, found objects, luscious textiles, medical supplies, and natural elements become haunting amorphous surrogates to explore disability and grief. The unceasing work of self-advocacy led her to explore performance art. Her practice seeks to liberate the disabled body from normalized marginalization and oppression. She earned her BFA from the University of Alabama in 2007 and an MFA in Fine Arts at California College of the Arts in May 2020.
She is a 2020-21 Graduate Fellow at Headlands Center for the Arts. She has shown her work, performed and hosted workshops in the Bay Area and the Gulf Coast, such as SOMArts, BAMPFA the Mobile Art Council, the Mobile Museum of Art, the OHR-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Mississippi. Her sculptures were commissioned as awards for the Morris Dees Justice Award by the Morris Dees Poverty Law Center.
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