Jenn Berger’s work takes an intensely personal look at her surrounding social environment in an increasingly digital world. Utilizing mediums as varied as performance, video, collage, drawing, and sculpture, her subjects include animals, family members, and strangers. She collaborates with these subjects both in person and virtually, through images taken from the internet and with a cell phone.
Recent projects combine projected videos with drawing and sculpture to form one cohesive image, such as that of a life-size giraffe, a monstrous standing cat, or Hillary Clinton as a child. The mix of moving images with still elements, such as drawings and three dimensional stuffed forms, result in living/dead hybrids. Made up of documentary and imagined elements, physically present in the space and mediated through video, these forms evoke our current existence – as both individuals with actual bodies (vulnerable to aging, illness, death) and detached selves that exist independently online.
Jenn Berger completed an MFA in art at the University of California, Irvine and earned undergraduate degrees in fine art media from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and in philosophy and art history from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Recent exhibitions include The Quiet After 10, curated by Emily O, Violence, Nudes, and Grandmas at The Situation Room, and Another Cats Show at 356 Mission. She is currently a teaching artist fellow at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA.