Jen Rae is a Canadian Métis (Indigenous)/Australian artist-researcher engaged in the discursive field of contemporary environmental art and a scholar in arts-based environmental communication. Her creative practice and research interests centre around food systems knowledge, disaster scenarios and ecological futures thinking via transdisciplinary collaborative methodologies and community engagement. Jen is a multi-art-form artist including public art, drawing, animation and cookery. She is also the Co-founder of Fair Share Fare (www.fairsharefare.com), a collaborative, multi-platform art project focused on future food security in a time of climate change. Highlight projects this year include partnering with Yup’ik artist Emily Johnson on SHORE in NARRM: Feast for the Yirramboi First Nations Festival, Flow at the Counihan Gallery for the CLIMARTE: Art + Climate=Change Festival, Main Attraction for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival, artist-in residence at Arts House including Fair Share Fare’s project ‘Future Proof’ for Arts House’s REFUGE project in November 2017. Jen is a board member of the Creative Recovery Network and lectures in the Faculty of VCA/MCM, University of Melbourne.
Jen’s PhD, titled Art & the Anthropocene: Processes of responsiveness and communication in an era of environmental uncertainty, investigated processes of cultural response to the communication of complex environmental issues through two main forms of studio-led research. The research contributes to the discursive field of contemporary environmental art practice by offering insights into affective public engagement and transdisciplinary collaboration through art methodologies.
She is also the Co-founder and Director of The Riparian Project, a public art initiative that aims to influence a shift in livestock grazing practices in Victoria to improve river health and is a fellow at The Centre for Sustainability Leadership and the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Jen has exhibited internationally and is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards in art, sustainability and social enterprise.