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.
"Petit Mort" solo exhibition at Aspect/Ratio Gallery, Chicago, October 2020
"The Archive and the Repertoire" curated by Lekha Waitoller at Carthage College 2021
University Club Chicago, 2021 Date TBD
"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 2018
Untitled Art Fair, Miami, FL Dec 2018
"On The Fence" Aspect/Ratio Gallery Feb 2019