Jillian Mayer - performance artist
“I like to climb on things, mainly trees. I’m an aerial acrobat.”
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Has 10 years of Art Basel in Miami made it easier or harder for you as an artist to get your work out there and your talents recognized?
It’s made it easier because there’s more attention on this city and there’s more investment in the arts. I hope that some of the other arts are able to feel that as well. There’s a lot of focus on visual arts here and it’s a good time to be a young artist living in Miami.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
A lot of things around me in my day to day life - Internet, television, communication in general, promotional items/goods, call and response, personification of inanimate objects.
What mediums do you work in?
Video and installation, performance art
How old were you when you started painting?
I have a memory of collecting nickels for a show at my grandparents house when I was five.
What motivated you?
I was the youngest child, so maybe at that point it may have been attention, more than that. When you’re a creative person and you don’t know about labels, you’re just having fun and indulging your thoughts. You don’t have that self-limiting quality that you’ll learn later on.
In the past five years, what is a positive change you’ve seen around town?
It seems like there are a lot more opportunities for artists to take over spaces. Benefactors are taking these risks.
Tell us something about yourself that no one would expect?
I’m starting a band, Post Mortem. It’s a collaborative. I’m also a succulent gardener.
Do you have any famous relatives?
My godmother’s cousin is Judge Judy
What painters or artists excite you?
Olaf Breuning and Cory Arcangel
What do you do for fun?
I like to climb on things, mainly trees. I’m an aerial acrobat.
Where do you like to eat?
Harry’s Pizza (slow-roasted pork pizza is her favorite)
Where do you like to drink?
See and Do
- Accessible Art: Caribbean-centric exhibition by Haitian artist, Locust Projects wins first NEA grant, and is the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale expanding?
- Accessible Art: Art Basel sets attendance record, color in time and space with Carlos Cruz-Diez, and the Bakehouse Art Complex builds first public metal-casting foundry
- Accessible Art: Arsht Center exhibit fuses fashion and art, a call for artists at Segafredo, and the Wolfsonian-FIU presents Rebirth of Rome
- LA artist Kenton Parker elevates the 'selfie' with solo exhibition at Primary Projects for Art Basel
- Big brands descend on Miami Art Week to expose emerging artists to the public
- Accessible Art: Fort Lauderdale art exhibit spotlights 10 female artists, CIFO teams up with Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and MOCA on WPBT Ch. 2
- More gifts pour in as Pérez Art Museum Miami prepares to open
- Bookleggers brings Literary Death Match to Bardot in Miami
- Abstract painter Larry Poons brings art to Miami nature center in January
- Lunch with Lydia: Daughter of Wynwood pioneer carries on father’s mission