Someone once described my process as having a kind of ‘psychoanalytic trust’, a free associative freedom which removes me from the position of censoring the work. For me, there is a truth that can only lie in that space, and that is where my work lives. It’s like mining for gold: once I find it I know its value and can shape it into something that seduces and invites a more complex conversation.
I explore ideas around human nature, power and vulnerability, focusing primarily on the way we frame our sense of self in regard to gender, sexuality, shame, and desire. I am invested in performative based work, although more as a voyeur than an actor.
The work begins with writing: dialogues, poetry, intimate stories from my life. It then branches out into photography, video, painting, installation, and sculpture, always using my text as a frame. I invite you to play a role.
I have shown at venues including: Aspect/Ratio Gallery, The Arts Club, Goldfinch Projects, September Gallery, Terrain Exhibitions, and Weinberg/Newton Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; The Brooklyn International Film Festival, Artist’s Space and The Elizabeth Foundation in New York, New York; The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
I received my MFA from Columbia University in New York and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Currently represented by Aspect/Ratio Gallery.
Current and Recent Exhibitions:
"Iris Bernblum and Ann Toebbe," The Arts Club, Chicago, February 2018
"Body Boundaries," Mana Contemporary, New Jersey, April/May 2018
"Inquiry 01," Spertus Institute, Chicago, May/June 2018
"I am the Horse," Goldfinch Projects, Chicago, June 2018
"Gold," Aspect/Ratio Gallery, Chicago, July 20 2018
"No Tomorrow" Iris Bernblum & Nelly Agassi Aspect/Ratio Gallery, Chicago, October 26 2018
Untitled Art Fair, Miami, FL Dec 2018
"On The Fence" Aspect/Ratio Gallery Feb 2019