Above: Artist's Statement

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.


August 29, 2021, 1PM - 3PM
Garibaldi Meucci Museum

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.

My presentation on #QRCforVZ starts at 1:48
May 7, 2021

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.

Curation by Openings NY Collective
May 3 - July 2, 2021

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.

#QRCforVZ: Tidal Strait
BioBAT Project Space
March 12- April 10, 2021
Curation by Jeannine Bardo and Elena Soterakis
Garibaldi Meucci Museum
Oct. 3, 2020 - 2021
Curation by Valeria Federici
Oct. 9, 2020

I am presenting Jane Jacobs Lives Here: Bike The Verrazzano for this event, hosted by Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center and The Old Stone House.

August 20 - Oct. 18, 2020


Stand4 Gallery
June 5 - August 29, 2020
Nov. 6 - December 13, 2020
I am showing my #QRCforVZ as part of this group exhibition

"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."

June, 2019
I am showing some of my Fjellerup work at Stand4 in June as part of the gallery's Open Studios.
Harbor Ring Torch Ride, 2019
March 3, 2019
Bike ride + picnic + human organizing
My second Torch Ride will start at Solidarity Space and end with a picnic conversation at BioBat Art Space, rooted in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
I am Artist in Residence at Solidarity Space - the former campaign office of Ross Barkan that he and former staff are continuing to run as a community space in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. I suggested the space motto: Politics + Art + Action.
My presentation panel: Nov. 11th, 2018, 9:30AM - 10:45PM
I explore three types of inspiration for H.C. Andersen: in 1819, the 14 year old pauper catapults his physical self from Odense to Copenhagen via an early desire for personal fame, described by himself as “an utterly inexplicable drive;” secondly, Andersen transcends an often perplexing, wounding reality and his asexuality through his creativity and fairy tales; finally, he achieves the stimulus of travel via grants and avoidance of real estate commitments: he remains a renter of rooms his entire life while frequently inserting himself into the estates of the Danish nobility, entertaining with his readings and paper-cuts.
October 22nd, 2018
I've donated this print for The Art of the Gerrymander, a silent auction, taking place at the Owl's Head in Bay Ridge, with proceeds going to Fight Back Bay Ridge.
Artist in Residence: Political Office
May - September, 2018
I am Artist in Residence at the Ross Barkan campaign HQ, 307 82nd St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Harbor Ring Torch Ride
May 12th, 2018, 1PM - 4PM
Between 2015 -2016, I started a local chapter of Transportation Alternatives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, as my personal climate action and to support Harbor Ring (getting a pedestrian/bike path on the Verrazanno Bridge;) I have now conceived of, as well as organized, the Harbor Ring Torch Ride. For this bike ride, we will visit local artist-run spaces in Bay Ridge and I will act as a Torch Ride Guide.
Conference: Forty Years After Combahee
November 16-19, 2017

I am presenting at NWSA, on online messages and real life community within the context of research by Combahee River Collective and Adrienne Reich.

"What's Next for Women?" March 23, 2017
Sandbox Diptych #6 (for Kayla Santosuosso), 2016
For Women's History Month, I’m presenting examples of my artist-organized work and ideas to connect Brooklyn and Staten Island - while hosting Kayla Santosuosso, community organizer. The Alice Austen House Museum is one of my favorite spots in NYC - one of only three artist home museums here and the only one connected to a woman (the other two being the homes of Donald Judd and Chaim Gross).
Dec. 18, 2016
My print will be for sale at our local spot, the Owl's Head, for a Holiday Art Fair.
November 13, 2016, 9:30 AM
I am presenting Research & Art on Søren Kierkegaard's broken engagement with Regine Olsen through the prism of asexuality and moods.
September, 2016
I am showing my Bay Ridge Sandbox project in this group exhibition, curated by Petra Valentová and Vlasta Čiháková Noshiro.
a bad question
June 4th - July 11th, 2016
Atlanta, GA
organized by Suzanne Broughel and Christopher Hutchinson
I am showing Sandbox as part of this tART Collective collaboration.
May, 2016
Jamaica, Queens

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..."

Jan. 7th - Jan. 25th, 2016
Bay Ridge Art Space, Brooklyn

I am showing Sandbox, an art project taking place in my neighborhood of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Exhibition is curated by John Avelutto.

June, 2015
Hanstholm, Denmark
I am presenting Fjellerup i Bund & Grund and Ruth's Have at Land-Shape in Hanstholm, Denmark, and have invited Alyssa Casey and Jon Henry to join me.
May, 2015
I was invited to contribute to Open Engagement's 100 Days Blog Project, by responding to the following question: "Who determines what is beneficial?" Subsequently, the blog project became the first OE publication: The Questions We Ask Together.
November, 2014
I've organized a panel for the NWSA conference, Asexual Love & Labor, with panelists Alyssa Casey, CJ Deluzio Chasin and Caroline McClave, moderated by Ela Przybylo. I am presenting "The Passion And Occupation of Vivian Meyer."
May, 2014
I'll present my project Fjellerup i Bund & Grund, with some of the participating artists: Alyssa Casey, Julia Whitney Barnes, Monica Carrier and Jo Q. Nelson as part of the Open Engagement conference - this year's theme: Life/Work
March 5th - 29th, 2014
curated by Mitsu Hadeishi, at Bronx Art Space
The Bronx, NYC
For my second Synthetic Zero event, I am showing images from my Edna & Margaret series in combination with two Process Conversations
March 8th - 10th, 2013
tART@Fountain, curated by Krista Saunders
Fjellerup i Bund & Grund
January, 2014
Fjellerup, Denmark
Alyssa Casey is the 2014 artist-in-residence for Fjellerup i Bund & Grund (FBG) and I continue my food pop-up collaboration with Helle Alexandersen - from a seven course gourmet dinner in the summer without a kitchen, to an affordable winter herring lunch inside one of Fjellerup's historic buildings, Strandkroen. The invitation is open to all and has been extended to people in town via local website and to my old classmates - via Facebook that I have just joined.
December 10th, 2013 - January 2nd, 2014

A Hard Read - my collaboration with artist Michael Wilson - is part of tART@Flatbush Library, curated by damali abrams.

Nov. 7-10, 2013
At the 2013 NWSA conference - Negotiating Points of Encounter - I'm presenting Multiplicities of Gender, a talk that integrates my recent art project on Klara Hansen with research by Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist.
Greenpoint Renaissance Center
January 26, 2013

I am showing Winter Garden in this tART show curated by Yulia Tikhonova.

July 14th - August 11th, 2013.
Fjellerup, Denmark

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.

curated by Nina Felshin
June 27 - July 26, 2013

My Edna & Margaret series (Edna St. Vincent Millay and Margaret Mead) is part of this tART exhibition in Dumbo.

May 15th - June 21st, 2013
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Along with 10 other artists, I'm the recipient of a SAW commission and I will show work at El Safa in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

I've been invited to participate in the Bearden 100, a centennial tribute, and have chosen his work, "Imaginary Garden, Tribute to Marianne Moore."

January 18th - March 30th, 2013:
Public reading: February 15th

I am showing a collaboration with Michael Wilson, "A Hard Read, the Personal Library." for this exhibition, curated by Yulia Tikhanova.

November 16 - 30, 2012
Curated by Mitsu Hadeishi and Jo Q. Nelson

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.

September, 2012
review of my work by Vanessa Gualdron:

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.

Opening: June 14, 2012
April 16th - July 9th, 2012
I've been awarded one of three studio residencies as part of a pilot program at Arts@Renaissance in Greenpoint, Brooklyn - situated in a former hospital.
Collectivity
Curation by Heng-Gil Han
April 4th - June 6th, 2012
"Orson Welles' Last Pool"
2011
archival inkjet print
Benefit on December 20, 2011
October - November, 2011
Representing tART Collective, with Petra Valentova and Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, I'm showing Wall Archive for A Lot. I am also giving a lecture at Brno University of Technology and talking to the feminist Czech collective FEMA.
October, 2011
I will present on my work to desegregate "outsider artists" and MFAs within the framework of artist run infrastructures.
July 22nd - September 18th, 2011
May 13th -15th, 2011
I am presenting on tART Collective in relation to concepts of support structures, with Julia Whitney Barnes.
February - March, 2011
interview by John Seven
March, 2011
July - August, 2010
May 14 - 17, 2010
On panel with Jo Q. Nelson, Ted Purves, Matthew Rana, Rachel Hardesty, Jackie Davis and Sarah Biscarra, discussing Ethical Implications of Social Art.
Flux Factory's Inaugural Exhibition
February 18, 2010

I am both a guest and host for this inaugural, presenting "Visit #23" in the new Flux library.

2010

I've been awarded a grant from Manhattan Community Art Fund (distributed by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC) for my art project in community gardens.

June-July, 2007

Works by Hunter Photo Collective, curated by Hope Hilton

tART Salon Show
November 19, 2005

I am showing these images, made in Northern Ireland this year, in the first exhibition by tART.

My collaboration with the K'ipay school in Bogota, Colombia, is part of the Unbroken exhibition, that will be shown at Denise Bibro Gallery in New York (June-July, 2020) and at GAIA Museum in Randers, Denmark (August, 2004).