My art practice investigates symbols of influence and power that impact perception. A racist, sexist, and autocratic movement of book banning threatens freedom of speech. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” is a common censored target. Ideological disagreement only highlights the practice of gaslighting self-loathing and hate.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
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. Exhibits include the de Young Museum Artist-in-Residence, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Chicago Cultural Center, Korean Cultural Center, Harvard University, Farmington Museum, Museu Brasileiro Sao Paulo, and Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute Art Museum.
Her work has been featured in such publications as The Huffington Post, WOMENCINEMAKERS, A5 Magazine, ZYZZYVA, The Drum Literary Magazine, and Sculptural Pursuits Magazine. Public art includes The Cube Art Project, Hearts in San Francisco, and South San Francisco Utility Box Mural Project.
Balisle works as an artist, advocate, curator, administrator, writer, lecturer, and UC Berkeley Extension instructor. She is the Executive Founding Director of ARTSCCC (Arts Contra Costa County).
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