After completing his BVA at the Manukau Institute of Technology, JeremyÂ then completed a PGDip in Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland. During his studyJeremy explored the psychogeographic significance of the body by researching the lives of sex workers, the homeless, and those employed as walking billboards. He has also investigated places significant for human presence and loss, an enquiry which then led to a deeper investigation of the physical, political and psychological architectures that impose power over people.
Queen Victoria features Jeremy perched atop a ladder in direct gaze with the four Queen Victoria statues located in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Here, relics of British imperialism in the form of cold inert figurative sculptures are confronted eye to eye with a colonised but resilient subject through the presence of the artist's warm and mortal body. These live, unannounced public performances now exist as a body of contextual material that is activated for exhibitions in a conversational capacity rather than as definitive documentation. Jeremyâ€™s critical stance on the role of performance documentation has been integral to his practice and is constantly being revised. This, as curator Ioana Gordon-Smith emphasises, â€˜underscores the contemporary as a moment of constant reconstructionâ€™ and that â€˜Queen Victoria points to a space between production and revision, where the desire to memorialise meets the legacy a memorial leaves in its wake.â€™
Jeremy has exhibited and presented collaborative projects throughout New Zealand at public art galleries and museums Auckland Art Gallery Toi o TaÌ„maki, Artspace, Gus Fisher Gallery, RM Gallery, ST PAUL St Gallery and Te Tuhi in Auckland; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Enjoy Gallery, 30 Upstairs Gallery and NgÄ Taonga Sound & Vision in Wellington; The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson. He has also been the recipient of awards such as Te Tuhiâ€™s Iris Fisher Scholarship, 2009; The University of Auckland Post Graduate Scholarship, 2009 and Manukau School of Visual Arts Head of School Award, 2008.