Above: Artist's Statement

I combine photo based-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 and Flux Factory.


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. 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.

Image: one of two mottos I made when Artist in Residence at Ross Barkan's 2018 political campaign office in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

CV:

August 20 - Oct. 18, 2020


Stand4 Gallery
June 5 - August 29, 2020
April 4 - July 26, 2020 - postponed
Opening: April 4, 2PM - 5PM
Public event: June 20, 2PM - 5PM

I am showing Shadow Play as part of the Poetic Action exhibition at Garibaldi Meucci Museum, curated by Valeria Federici.

June, 2019
I am showing some of my Fjellerup work at Stand4 in June as part of the gallery's Open Studios.
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.
November 16-19, 2017
I am presenting at NWSA, on online messages, real life community and the research of 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.
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.
Essay
Essay by Kwami Coleman on my Jamaica House & Garden project for Jamaica Flux.
May, 2016
May, 2016
Jamaica, Queens
I'm happy to continue my work in Jamaica, Queens, being one of the 19 NYC artists selected for JamaicaFlux '16, with my work Jamaica House & Garden.

"...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..."
Re-Animator
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 - in a new, local gallery, BRAS (Bay Ridge Art Space.) 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
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
Flatbush, Brooklyn
A Hard Read - my collaboration with artist Michael Wilson - is part of tART@Flatbush Library, curated by damali abrams - at the Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center, second floor of Flatbush Library, Brooklyn.
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.
archival inkjet print
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 in an overlooked coastal town, situated in a depopulated region. Artists, I invited to participate: Norbert Francis Attard, Julia Whitney Barnes, Monica Carrier, Jo Q. Nelson and Christine Sciulli.
curated by Nina Felshin
Dumbo, Brooklyn
My Edna & Margaret series (Edna St. Vincent Millay and Margaret Mead) is in this Dumbo show that's up till July 26th, 2013.
May 15th - June 21st, 2013
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Along with 10 other artists, I'm the recipient of a SAW commission for work in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
I've been selected to participate in the Bearden 100, a centennial tribute, and have chosen his work, "Imaginary Garden, Tribute to Marianne Moore."
reading: February 15th, 2013
January 18th - March 30th, 2013: "Brother, Can You Spare a Stack," curated by Yulia Tikhanova, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY. I am showing a collaboration with Michael Wilson, "A Hard Read, the Personal Library."
Bronx Art Space, opening November 16th, 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.

The Synthetic Zero events are a series of art events focusing on high quality experimental and contemporary work in different media. We don't typically specify a theme in advance for each event but instead work with ideas that emerge from the interaction between the submitted work and curatorial interests. By working this way, the events reflect back the dialogue and practice of artists involved and create evocative encounters for the audience.


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.

Event: 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.
tART exhibition, curated 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"
2010
I've been awarded a grant from Manhattan Community Art Fund (distributed by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) for my art project in community gardens.