Jenny E. Balisle
My art practice investigates diverse relationships and systems within natural and manmade environments. Fascinated by flight or disorientation, I merge together disparate experiences to create new narratives, perspectives, and cultures. The goal is to investigate how patterns and symbols of influence impact perception. Mediums are repurposed by altering function to explore identity, ideology, and equality. As a multi-disciplinary artist, my practice incorporates drawings, acrylic installations, objects, video, audio, and paintings. Art translates when words become inadequate. Artworks can be labor intensive to immediate, private or public, and vary in scale from small to large. Inspiration, investigation, sketching, recordings, and writings dictate the final form.
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. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows including the de Young Museum Artist-in-Residence, Art Museum of Los Gatos, Museu Brasileiro Sao Paulo, Farmington Museum, Gallery 555 of the Oakland Museum of California, Chicago Cultural Center, Korean Cultural Center, and Harvard University, Farmington Museum, Museu Brasileiro Sao Paulo and Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute Art Museum in China. Her work has been featured in such publications as NONPROFIT QUATERLY, The Drum Literary Magazine, Sculptural Pursuits Magazine, and ZYZZYVA journal. She was also commissioned for the original Hearts in San Francisco public art and South San Francisco Utility Box Mural Project. Balisle currently works as an artist, curator, advocate, writer, lecturer, and M.F.A. instructor at the Academy of Art University. Locally, she serves on the Public Art Advisory Committee and as a Richmond Arts & Culture Commissioner.