Jemima Wyman’s practice encompasses performance, video, installation, photography and painting. Her most recent work focuses on patterns and masking used by marginalised groups to gain power (aka counterpower). Through this work she investigates visual resistance: specifically camouflage as a formal, social and political strategy in negotiating identity.
Wyman has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally since 1998. Her work was included in Conflict: Contemporary Responses to War, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2014); Direct Democracy, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2013); The Unexpected Guest, Liverpool Biennial, UK (2012); Panorama, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2012); Inner Voices, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2011); The Open Day Book Exhibition, LACE, Los Angeles (2011); and The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010).
In 2014 the Children’s Art Centre at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane commissioned Wyman to create Pattern Bandits, a five-room interactive installation for children, accompanied by a book ‘Pattern Power’, based on her idea of ‘social camouflage’.
Wyman’s recent solo exhibitions include Counterpowers, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney (2017); Conjouring Radical Openness, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles (2015); Tactical Frivolity, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2015); Effacing Power, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2013); Piecing Together Core Concerns, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2012); The Will to Deceive, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2010); The Declaration of Resemblance and Fluid Insurgents, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2009); and Combat Drag: Lessons in Unlimited Expansion, Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2008).