Jill Sorensen

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Jill Sorensen was born in 1966 in Thames. She completed her Post-Graduate Diploma at AucklandUniversity's Elam School of Fine Arts in 1995, after gaining aBachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales. In2002, she graduated Master of Fine Arts (1st ClassHonours) at Elam. Sorensen's body of work encompasses installation, encaustic painting and more recently figurative painting and drawings.

Her encaustic works make use of a synthesised, chemical development of the traditional painting technique in which pigment is bound in a mix of beeswax and tree resin. In a modern, scientific homage, Sorensen's encaustic recipereplaces the use of organic resin with transparent, high-gloss, heat sensitive, synthetic resin and uses artificial, chemical colouration in place of naturally harvested pigment.

Driven by a fascination with the ever-evolving range ofindustrial materials available to artists, Sorensen has mastered the encaustic medium, overcoming traditional issues of durabilityby experimenting with the chemical hardening of the surface. The results of her efforts in encaustic are works of art with a resilient, plasticized colour and texture - emblems of the connotations of the synthetic in the modern world.

Sorensen continues to work as a full time artist and as a tutor at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design and has been nominated as a finalist in major NZ art awards such as the James Wallace Art awards, Telecom Art awards, Waikato Art awards and the Norsewear NZ Contemporary Art Awards.

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