Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley’s practice embraces a wide variety of media – including sculpture, photography, film, video, neon and works on paper – to develop works which critically engage with the history and forms of modernist art and their relationship to everyday life, reconsidered through feminist, psychoanalytic, filmic and spatial discourses. Janet Burchill was born in 1955 in Melbourne, and Jennifer McCamley in 1957 in Brisbane. They have worked collaboratively and individually as artists since the mid 1980s, and currently live and work in Melbourne and Mildura.
Burchill holds a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Art, Sculpture and Film) from Sydney College of the Arts (1983) and McCamley a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), University of Technology, Sydney (1981) and a Bachelor of Conservation Ecology (Hons.), Deakin University, Melbourne (2002). In 1991 they were awarded the Australia Council’s Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Scholarship, and lived and worked in Berlin until 1998. In Sydney in the mid-1980s Burchill and McCamley were involved with a wide range of independent and collaborative curatorial, publication and super-8 film projects including Various Artists Ltd., an independent artists’ group founded by Burchill and artist Kate Farrell.
Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley have been the subject of several focus exhibitions including, most recently, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley – 3 Works, Peloton, Sydney: Imitation of Life, Shanthi Road Gallery, Bangalore, India: Combine: Janet Burchill, Jennifer McCamley and Melinda Harper, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne 2008; and Janet Burchill Jennifer McCamley: Neon, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005. A major survey exhibition, Tip of the Iceberg: selected works 1985-2001, developed by the University Art Museum, University of Queensland, in 2001, which also travelled to the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, in the same year.
Selected recent group exhibitions include – Extreme Beauty Approaches to the Real, Y3K, Melbourne, 2010: Light from Light, Queensland State Library, Brisbane and Shanghai Library, China and touring: 2010-2012: Word, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney 2009; Primary Views: Artists Curate the MUMA Collection – Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, Juan Davila , Stephen Bram, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne 2008/2009, Wonderlust, Art Gallery of W.A., 2008; The Ecologies Project, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne 2008; NEON, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney, 2008; Inland Empire – Solar Neon, IASKA, Kellerberrin, W.A., 2008; Devotee: The Will to Belong to the Recent Past, Cabinet Gallery, London 2007; Regarding Fear and Hope, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne 2007; Door Slamming Festival, Neu Galerie, Berlin 2007; Raised by Wolves, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth 2007; Turrbal-Jagera, University Art Museum, Queensland University, Brisbane, 2006; 21st Century Modern – 2006 Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 2006; and Ed Keupper’s Music for Len Lye, which toured Europe and Australia in 2004-2005.