THE STUDIO

JENNIFER TURPIN + MICHAELIE CRAWFORD

WHO WE ARE

We are a public art practice based in Sydney, Australia. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and we pay our respect to Elders past and present and future. We are artists, collaborators, urbanists and cultural leaders. These roles come together in an expanded practice founded in the relationship between place, technology, community and environment. We create large-scale public, community and environmental artworks. We are committed to expanding the potential of public art and cultural practice through our collaborative work with clients, other artists and design professionals, scientists, academics, and communities. Our aim is to reconnect people with nature, in place and with community. Our projects seek to reveal the invisible, remember the forgotten and imagine the future.

Michaelie Crawford

Michaelie Crawford

Jennifer Turpin

Jennifer Turpin

WHAT WE DO

The dynamic relationship between place, people and the natural environment underpins all of our work. We are interested in the constant flux of life and the possibilities that exist at the interface of urban and natural environments. Our work is variously sculptural and participatory, permanent and temporary, inter-disciplinary and integrated, educational and activist, conceptual and strategic.

Our work includes:

  • Large scale kinetic sculpture animated by wind, water and light. Like urban meditations, these artworks are experienced in time and place through elementally responsive movement
  • Temporary and participatory projects engage communities in wider environmental rehabilitation projects to develop deeper understanding and ongoing custodianship. They are creative, educative and collaborative
  • Integrated environmental art installations are developed within the frame of multi-disciplinary projects and give artistic expression to environmental function
  • Public art and cultural strategies generate frameworks to conceive of creative possibilities at the urban scale resulting in embedded ideas, future projects and potential collaborations
S(w)ing at ESCAC, Darlinghurst

S(w)ing at ESCAC, Darlinghurst

HOW WE WORK

We understand the complexities of the public domain and broad experience allows us to work with clients and their design teams to develop projects from initial strategy through to final artwork delivery. Our projects are grounded in extensive research. We undertake site visits, consult with communities and other stakeholders, research history, heritage, demographics and environmental conditions.

We develop our projects in stages to seamlessly interface with the design and construction process of other design professionals and contractors. These include concept, design development, documentation, fabrication, installation and commissioning.

We work with models at various scales to test form, colour, light, scale and movement. Prototypes assure structural and mechanical outcomes and functional testing includes hydraulic models and wind tunnel performance.

Collaboration is central to our practice. It generates the creative and energetic space of the ‘relationship between’. We work with architects, landscape architects, urban designers, industrial and graphic designers, curators, artists, scientists, academics, engineers, fabricators and communities.

Our studio in Sydney shares space with a group of talented designers and engineers, and benefits from the cross-fertilisation of ideas and skills gathered together in one building. We regularly collaborate with this creative community, which includes structural and mechanical engineers Event Engineering, curator and strategist Christiane Statham, and architects and designers X Squared Design.