Jennie Kiessling, Born Chicago; BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MA University of Chicago. Teaches at Front Range Community College, Fort Collins and Artworks Loveland. Past teaching appointments include: School of the Art Institute of Chicago(SAIC); Lill Street Studios,Chicago, University of Wyoming, Colorado State University (CSU) and Naropa University.Recipient of NEA New Forms Regional and NEH grants. Work published by Phaidon Press. Exhibits and is in collections locally and nationally. Has served as Lead Faculty of Visual and Media Arts at Front Range Community College; Assistant Director of the Hatton Gallery CSU, Cultural Enrichment Manager and Program Specialist for the Chicago Park District and Assistant Director of the Division of Continuing Studies, SAIC.
Marcia Tucker wrote, “It is not a matter of paying attention, but what kind of attention you pay”. This is an expectation that I hold for myself and my audience.
My life experience as a maker is documented through materials and techniques with which I feel a kinship due to their simplicity. I work in minimal and conceptual traditions that include contemplative actions of the body.
What interests me most about this work is that a single solitary action, repeated over time, culminates in something that holds the illusion of being solid. If one does not pay attention – if one does not look closely – one misses the entire experience.