Jill Orr’s work centres on issues of the psycho-social and environmental where she draws on land and identities as they are shaped in, on and with the environment be it country or urban locales. Her practice grapples with the balance and discord that exists at the heart of relations between the human spirit, art and nature.
Orr has a Master of Fine Art, RMIT Melbourne and a PhD Monash, Monash University, Melbourne.
She was represented in the inaugural Venice International Performance Art Week, 2012. Recent exhibitions include at PAC Padiglione d’Art Contemporanea, Milan, 2020, Ballarat International Foto Biennale, 2018, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2017, Marina Abramovic: In Residence, John Kaldor Public Art Project, 2017.
Seminal exhibitions include Belo Horizonte Biennale, Brazil; Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland; Biennal International De Curitiba, Brazil; National Gallery of Art, Poland; MAP Festival, Malaka, Malaysia; LOOP Barcelona video festival, Spain; Howl Festival, New York; SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin; Redgate Gallery, Beijing; Sherman Galleries, Sydney; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Artspace, Sydney; International Performance Art Festival, Toronto, Canada; Gallery Neue, Graz, Austria; Salon O, Amsterdam and Institute of Modern Art, Belgium; Institute of Modern Art, London; and Paris Biennalle, Musee D Àrt Modern, Paris.
Recipient of the Australia Council Fellowship, Orr has been Artist in Residence, Cite Des Arts International, Paris and Redgate Gallery, Beijing. Her work is in collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.