Bathtub babe (detail) 2019, Oil on board


Wart (aka Jen Waterhouse) originally from Geelong, Victoria has lived as an Artist working in the visual and performing arts in Sydney since 1980. She has consistently exhibited and worked as an illustrator, designer, cartoonist, painter and performer.

From 2010 through 2012 Wart established and ran a working artist’s studio for people living with mental illness at Daintree Lodge in the Rozelle Hospital, Sydney. In 2018 she undertook an Artist Residency for a month in Venice Italy and later that year another Residency at Kandos for Cementa19. Wart’s recent paintings will be in a group show at the Griffith University Arts Museum, Brisbane The Abyss; Grotesque Strategies in Contemporary Art from July to September 2019. The Big Anxiety Festival has commissioned her to create a soundscape for her spoken-word to be exhibited in The Empathy Room at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South wales Sydney in September/October 2019.


Living in inner city Sydney for many years Wart has been looking at the Ibis often called the Bin Chicken and recognising that they are stigmatised not unlike people living with Mental Illness. In 2018 she undertook an Artist Residency in Venice Italy and was surprised that the glamourous Flamingo flew in there for summer. Both the Ibis and the Flamingo have long skinny legs, a curvy waist and long necks but the sameness stops there. As Bundanon is abundant with birdlife Wart will use this residency to examine birdlife and their behaviour. Wart will realise work detailing the Ibis and the Flamingo in paintings and drawings.

This project is assisted by a grant from Create NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government. The NSW Artists’ Grant is administered by the National Association of the Visual Arts.

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