Vets & Pets, 2008 - 2010
Anna Lise Jensen Vets & Pets, 2008 -  2010
Welcome Home, installation, A.I.R. Gallery
2009

"Welcome Home" is a self-initiated artist residency, with the Brooklyn Veterans' Center, inspired by my frustration with the Iraq war and foreign policy folly. Thinking about veterans/civilians and relationship between trauma and healing effects of connecting with animals - as well as reflecting on my own experiences with animals - resulted in my idea of setting up a dog adoption service for local veterans. I googled and cold-called the Brooklyn Veterans Center and, fortuitously, ended up talking to Kevin O'Brian at the other end of the line, who asked, "When can you come in?"

I arrived the next day with my two rescue dogs, Alice & Alvin, one a barker, the other not housebroken - both loving and immediately welcomed to the community at the Brooklyn Veterans Center in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

Anna Lise Jensen Vets & Pets, 2008 -  2010
article on veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder and pets.


The title of the project refers to the sign that greets people entering the Vet Center. Here I have placed my own letters on top of the sign, along with information about my upcoming project outside the center.

Anna Lise Jensen Vets & Pets, 2008 -  2010
participatory installation, Figment, Governors Island, NY
2009

For my post-battle reenactment, people signed up for one-to-one conversations and I re-enacted a counselor at Brooklyn Vet Center offering services to homeless vets and myself as the instigator of Vets & Pets (introducing homeless dogs to veterans for adoption purposes.)

Anna Lise Jensen Vets & Pets, 2008 -  2010
Wall installation, Brooklyn Vet Center
2010

I asked people inside and outside the Brooklyn Veterans Center, "What do you want to find when you come home?" and scanned their answers, then made prints.

Anna Lise Jensen Vets & Pets, 2008 -  2010



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