Alena Ahrens is a Contemporary American-Asian artist who is based in the Midwest. She has presented work, residencies, and/or workshops in Chicago, NYC, St. Louis, Czech Republic, and Germany. She holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2017) and a PhD in Educational Psychology (2018). Her interdisciplinary approach to painting is inspired by her dissertation research in performance and the ontology of the self.


To paint is to capture emotions and the internal landscape in realtime. I believe that painting has the ability to illustrate an internal theory-of-change through color, shape, and line. Utterances and text fragments from memories, introspection, and observations often find a place in my work.


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