I combine art installations with local research, interpersonal engagement and communal actions.
I hold an MFA in Visual Arts from Hunter College in New York, NY, and an MA in International Relations from University of Chicago, IL. At Hunter, I was awarded the Hunter College Foundation Scholarship for exchange studies at the Slade, London.
Among the places, I've exhibited my work are: Edward Hopper House, New York Center for Book Arts, A.I.R. Gallery, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Bronx Arts Space, Flux Factory, The Old Stone House, BioBAT Project Space and Garibaldi-Meucci Museum.
I've presented my work at the conferences of National Women's Study Association, Open Engagement and the Alice Austen House Museum as well as discussed it on NPR's The Brian Lehrer show. In 2015, I contributed an essay to the publication by Open Engagement (art + social practice conference), The Questions We Ask Together, 100 artists responding to 100 Questions. To realize my projects, I have received funding from Manhattan Cultural Arts Fund, Queens Arts Council and Norddjurs Kommune (Denmark).
My work is in the collection of Candida Höfer.
I am hosting an outdoor picnic conversation at the Garibaldi Meucci Museum about Anita Garibaldi/Ana Maria de Jesus Ribeiro da Silva a day before her 200th birthday. Following the event, I am going with artist Anthony Santella to launch his hand-carved boat on the Narrows, accompanied by wishes for a bike/pedestrian lane on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. His boat will carry one of my Liberate The Verrazzano flags.
Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center: Early observations of the changes in the climate that have led to our current climate crisis were made by scientists; however, it has not been scientists alone who have addressed this crisis. This conference will explore the interdisciplinary ferment created by scientists, artists, activists, and others whose work grapples with climate change at the intersection of art, science, and the environment.
Bringing together a diverse array of scientists, artists and community members, we will discuss and learn from the integration of artistic practice and scientific inquiry as a method of addressing the climate crisis globally and locally via the Brooklyn Waterfront.
For this outdoor exhibition, I am showing large QRCs that lead to my petition to get a bike/pedestrian lane on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. As part of this exhibition, I am organizing a June 27 collaboration with Openings NY, Harbor Ring and Stand4 Gallery, with our talks by the exhibition fence followed by a post Harbor Ring ride celebration in Central Park.
"In life, in art, in science — everything has a degree of uncertainty and we are living in times of unfolding unknowns. In November 2020, Stand4 Gallery will host an invitational exhibition and fundraiser that embraces the concept of uncertainty."
I am presenting at NWSA, on online messages and real life community within the context of research by Combahee River Collective and Adrienne Reich.
My focus is on local overlooked jazz history for my Jamaica House & Garden work, that is part of Jamaica Flux 2016 - being one of the 19 NYC artists selected to participate.
"...This year, JamaicaFlux is expanding its focus to emphasize public engagement and contemporary art as a vehicle to examine and discuss solutions to critical issues in the community. The finished multidisciplinary and interactive works will be displayed in storefronts, parks, vacant lots, sidewalks, and other spaces in Jamaica, Queens..."
A Hard Read - my collaboration with artist Michael Wilson - is part of tART@Flatbush Library, curated by damali abrams.
My project exhibition Fjellerup i Bund & Grund is supported by Norddjurs Kommune and Fjellerup Kraemmerforening. Through working with fellow artists and locals, I activate sites I'd selected in a a coastal town of my childhood, now in a depopulated region. I invited the following artist to participate: Norbert Francis Attard, Julia Whitney Barnes, Monica Carrier, Jo Q. Nelson and Christine Sciulli.
I am showing a collaboration with Michael Wilson, "A Hard Read, the Personal Library." for this exhibition, curated by Yulia Tikhanova.
For this group exhibition, I am showing a recent series of photographs inspired by Paul Bowles and his hometown of Jamaica, Queens, combined with his writings from Morocco.
Once you nearly complete your round around the space, you come across Anna Lise Jensen’s pieces. A combination of photographs taken in Jamaica, Queens coupled with excerpts of Paul Bowles, a Jamaica native, writing from his time spent in Tangiers. Jensen’s pieces were an inspiring way to end the show. While the other artists provided the public with the different realities of homelessness, she offers ways to deal with urban abandonment and displacement; focusing specifically on Jamaica. By keeping her proposal on a local level, I think Jensen instilled a feeling of community and alliance, a feeling you should walk away with.