ARTIST STATEMENT

My art practice investigates diverse, interdependent, and symbiotic relationships within natural and manmade environments.  Fascinated by alternative realities, disorientation, and flight, I combine disparate experiences to create new narratives, perspectives, and theories.  The goal is to identify how patterns and symbols of influence impact perception, social behavior, institutions, history, and truth.

Mediums are repurposed by altering function to explore identity, ideology, and inequality.  As a multidisciplinary artist, my practice incorporates drawings, sculpture, site-specific installations, objects, digital, video, and audio.  Inspiration, investigation, research, writing, and discovery dictate the final form. 

BIOGRAPHY

Jenny E. Balisle earned a B.A. in Art and Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a M.F.A. from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.  Exhibits include the de Young Museum Artist-in-Residence, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Chicago Cultural Center, Korean Cultural Center, Harvard University, Farmington Museum, Museu Brasileiro Sao Paulo, and Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute Art Museum.

Her work has been featured in such publications as The Huffington Post, WOMENCINEMAKERS, A5 Magazine, ZYZZYVA, The Drum Literary Magazine, and Sculptural Pursuits Magazine.  Public art includes The Cube Art Project, Hearts in San Francisco, and South San Francisco Utility Box Mural Project.

Balisle currently works as an artist, curator, advocate, writer, lecturer, and instructor at the Academy of Art University and UC Berkeley Extension.  Locally, she serves as a Richmond Arts & Culture Commissioner and Public Art Advisory Committee member.