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About

Email: jennabao@gmail.com

Instagram: jenna.bao

Website: jennabao.com
 

Artist Statement:

Bao’s work explores identity and adulthood inspired by vibrant neighborhoods and subcultures such as kawaii culture, nerd culture, lolita fashion and alternative lifestyles in central Los Angeles. She transforms observations into color and form, generating temperament as subjects become embodiments of living fairytales. Certain elements of “the cutesy sublime” are also present in her works, namely with bursts of color, graffiti references and childlike marksmaking.

Bao received her MFA from Art Center College of Design (2014), directly taught under Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Lita Albuquerque, Diana Thater, and Jason E. Smith. She has shown in the U.S., France, Korea and Japan with works in various private collections. Her works have also been featured on LA18 TV and in the LA ART SHOW, 7x7 and Full Blede. Her writings have appeared in catalogues and publications, of which have been included in the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), University Arts London Special Collections, Roger Ely Archive, James Lemont Fogg Memorial Library, FABRIK and LA Zine Fest Archives. She is currently the Artist-in-Residence at ESXLA (Eastside International) in downtown Los Angeles. Some of her artistic inspirations include David Hockney, James Ensor and Cecily Brown.

Bao is also the moderator of the lolita fashion community in Los Angeles and a frequent host and sponsorship advisor of North America’s fashion tea parties such as 'Locoerio: Golden Tales of the West - LIEF International Tea Party' (2016), 'Winter Lumiere - International Lolita Day' (2015) and 'Lolita Academy - Wands of Illumination' (2015).

Bao currently lives and works in Los Angeles.