Jill Waterhouse is a found object sculptor and installation artist, handmade book/papermaker, and also works in mosaics and textiles (costuming and mask-making). Waterhouse has exhibited widely, locally, nationally, and internationally, as well. Waterhouse is also a writer/performer, mentor/coach for other artists, and a Critical Response™ facilitator. Currently, Jill is writing for Liz Lerman’s and John Borstel’s new book on the Critical Response Process.
Over the last three and a half decades, my work as an artist has been an exploration of the ideas and questions that intrigue and concern me. The process of visioning and creating the work is my way of examining those ideas and questions with greater depth. The result is not always an answer, but often a better question.
The form of my work has been primarily that of sculpture – abstract handmade paper pieces, cast masks, bookmaking, found object assemblage, and installation – and often on a large scale. Due to some significant changes in my life over the last half-decade, I also began to re-examine and explore one of my first artistic loves – photography, in particular the altered Polaroid – in combination with my inclination towards layering, collage, and painted surfaces.