Living and working on Gadigal and Darug Land (Sydney and Western Sydney). Whalen graduated from The University of New South Wales- Art and Design with a Master of Fine Art in 2013. She has exhibited at Carriageworks, Firstdraft, Artspace, Museum of Contemporary Art, Performance Space, Queensland Art Gallery and Museum of Modern Art and Campbelltown Arts Centre.
Her work has been included in publications that include Runway Journal, Art and Art Collector Magazine. She has been a finalist in the NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, The Blake Prize, The Churchie Emerging Art Prize and the Fisher’s Ghost Award.
Working within a multidisciplinary practice of experimental performance and installation, with concepts informed by excavating the everyday. Whalen appropriates her own personal history and popular Western culture into symbolically-dense immersive environments combining; experimental performance and site specific Installation.
Filled with liminal spaces – unresolved relationships, broken geometry, personal ritual and transitory moments. These environments are created as a site of contemplation and inward reflection for viewers. Whalen’s practice explores an interest in creating emotionally fraught environments drawn from her studio practice and an interest in ritual as a signifier of the art making process. Ritual, repetition and process – are common themes explored in her practice and given temporal form in her work.