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About

Email: jennabao@gmail.com

Website: jennabao.com
 

Artist Statement:

Bao’s work explores identity and adulthood inspired by decorative elements from subcultures such as kawaii culture, nerd culture, lolita fashion and vivid lifestyles in central Los Angeles. She transforms observations into color and form, generating temperament through metamorphose as subjects become embodiments of living fairy tales. Certain color studies of ‘the kawaii sublime’ are also present in her works, namely moments of encounter with sweets, florals, landscape graffiti and convention attendees.

Bao received her MFA from Art Center College of Design (2014), directly taught under Diana Thater, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Lita Albuquerque and Jason E. Smith. She has shown internationally with works permanently displayed at the University of Montana - Davidson Honors College and held in various private collections. Her works have also been featured on LA18 TV, 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, Art Center College of Design Archive/James Lemont Fogg Memorial Library, FABRIK and LA Zine Fest Archives. She is currently the Editor in Chief of BIAA’s magazine project (Beloved In Art Association: biaa-art.format.com). Some of her artistic inspirations include David Hockney, James Ensor and Cecily Brown.

Bao was 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 dual-resides in Los Angeles and San Diego.