I am cross disciplinary, conceptually based artist with a deep interest in psychoanalysis, 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 have a strong investment 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.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

"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


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 2018

Untitled Art Fair, Miami, FL Dec 2018

"On The Fence" Aspect/Ratio Gallery Feb 2019


Recent Press: