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 artmaking is inspired by her dissertation research in performance and the ontology of the self, coupled with nonrepresentational and/or reductive methods of painting and drawing.


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