Jill Magi is an artist, writer, and educator working in text, image, and textile. Most of her projects explore the places where received teachings and ideologies conflict with lived experience. More recent projects investigate the compositional possibilities of systematic explorations of flatness and repetition, an investigation she believes to be counter to western-world concepts of depth, authenticity, and worth. She is the author of over five books, the most recent of which is LABOR (Nightboat 2014). Her text works are hybrid works that move between image, essay, poetry, fiction; they are both sentence-based and fragment-embracing. In spring 2015 Jill wrote weekly for Jacket2 on “a textile poetics,” and other recent essays have appeared in The Force of What’s Possible: Accessibility and the Avant-garde, The Racial Imaginary, and The Eco-Language Reader. She has held residencies with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Textile Arts Center Brooklyn, and has exhibited visual work at apexart, Pace University, the Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, and Arcade Six Gallery Columbia College. The New York University Abu Dhabi Project Space gallery mounted a solo exhibition of her work in 2015. She teaches textiles, poetry, and art electives at NYUAD where she joined the faculty in 2013.
Art and Research Interests
She is available to work with MFA students, especially those interested in using text, engaging in social research and art-making, textile, installation, hand-made books, and those who would like to develop systematic experimental practices to generate a body of work across mediums.
textile, weaving, embroidery, writing, writing as drawing, poetry, experimental text