Downen’s art is a focused investigation of the symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture expressed in temporal installations, drawings, and models. Her art envisions a place of interdependent relation between the human body and architecture, where the exchanging forces and tensions of construction, deterioration, and restoration emerge as thematic possibilities.
Jill Downen is an interdisciplinary artist whose installations address the symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture. In the work, bulges, wrinkles, tendons, and biomorphic elements emerge from walls, floors, and support structures. Her art seeks to enlarge the viewer’s awareness of space. In regards to her art, Downen states, “The work concerns the notion that a building is a body, conditioned by its materiality, location, social position, and cultural environment.”