Jessica Pearless

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Jessica Pearless attended Auckland University's Elam School ofFine Arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2002. Shegained a Postgraduate Scholarship for Masters study and in 2011 graduated MFA (Hons).

Pearless' work communicates ideas of visual hierarchy increative disciplines like architecture, furniture and spatial design, by highlighting certain traits and emblems of these endeavours in the aesthetic context of painting, mixed media and installation works. In doing so, Pearless draws the commercially-bounded ideas of taste prevalent in these industries into an artistic context, removing their functionality or intended effect and holding them up as aesthetic elements in their ownright.

Alongside her role as a panel member in discussions on Art and Urban Design at the annual Auckland Festival, Pearless is aprolific artist, having held numerous solo shows since her graduation and participating in group exhibitions throughout New Zealand and internationally. These include her role in the production of Khromatik, a collaborative site specific installation in central Hong Kong and more recent installation work at the 2008 Bridge Art Fair in Berlin, New Zealand Fashion Week 2011 & Urbis Design Day 2012. Pearless has completed site-specific installations for numerous clients and her work is held in public collections in New Zealand and Hong Kong and in private collectionsin Australasia, Asia and Europe. In 2010 Pearless was nominated asa finalist in the Wallace Art Awards and the Waiheke Art Awards andin 2011 she was awarded the inaugural Artists Alliance Residency.

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