Jennifer Brady is a Sydney based emerging artist currently undergoing her honours year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts at University of New South Wales - Art & Design. Since mid 2016, she has been involved in a variety of group shows and exhibited with Sydney based collective, Bedrock as well as international arts organisation, RAW. Brady’s practice also exists under the pseudonym and instagram alias ‘Shaz’, which has been showcased at TAP Gallery, Surry Hills; Orion Function Centre, Campsie; and in September 2017 exhibited collaboratively alongside Sydney Jazz trio Brady//Donkin//Phipps at Lentil As Anything, Newtown. In May 2017, Brady was a finalist for the Lethbridge 10,000: Small Scale Art Award in Brisbane. 2018 has seen Brady complete her first solo exhibition at Gaffa Gallery (Betwixt and Between); exhibit in group shows Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne; and be selected as a finalist for the Jenny Birt Award. In May and June this year, Brady also took part in the White Cube Program at Kudos Gallery, working alongside artist Kate Brown in the lead up to, and current, of her solo exhibition Currents of Exchange.
Working across fields of drawing, photography, installation and performance, Brady is concerned with experiences of consciousness and the discourse between public and private realities. Her works are self-confessional in their nature, encompassing concepts of anxiety, stress and consciousness. Through use of text, and near obsessive-compulsive patterns, Brady communicates ideas passively. These patterns can be lines, textures, colours, thoughts, words, and sounds.
For Brady, artworks act as a communicative platform where she can vent and share thoughts that are otherwise repressed and bottled up. The stream of consciousness technique of drawing employed by Brady leads to the process and actions of art making becoming intrinsically linked to the reading and understanding of the work. In her practice, Brady allows the artwork to be created as it is thought. However, the works are not necessarily unplanned, but rather open-ended with little limitations.