Jennifer Willet

Dr. Jennifer Willet is a Canada Research Chair in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor. Willet is an internationally recognized artist in the emerging field of BioArt. Her work resides at the intersection of art and science, and explores notions of representation, the body, ecologies, and interspecies interrelations in the biotechnological field. In 2009 she opened the first biological art lab in Canada, called INCUBATOR: Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Ecology at the U of W. In July 2011 she completed BioARTCAMP, a project that involved hosting 20 artists, scientists and students at The Banff Centre, where they built a portable bioart laboratory and conducted experiments in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Artist Statement

The COVID Suit series explores shared experiences of fear and isolation under orders to stay-at-home during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Dr. Jennifer Willet, an artist, a mom, and laboratory researcher, performs daily pandemic activities - cooking, caring for children, shopping - while wearing a bedazzled hazmat suit.

This series will take the form of a significant photography exhibit, a video animation and installation, and a new interactive online workshop. The project explores shared experiences of fear and isolation under orders to stay-at-home during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

To kick-off the release of The COVID Suit series, the @scigallerydet will be hosting an asynchronous bioart workshop called "COVID Suit: Stay-At-Home Paper Laboratory Workshop" with Dr. Jennifer Willet available online from December 2 - 11, 2020.  Willet will discuss shared experiences of fear & isolation during the and facilitate a paper puppet theatre making workshop offering a bright note in an uncertain time.