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Where color meets contemplation, the Satori paintings offer sanctuary from a chaotic world.
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. Her interdisciplinary approach to artmaking is inspired by her dissertation research in contemplative practices and the ontology of the self.

2015-2017 | MFA, School of the Arts Institute of Chicago
2012-2018 | PHD, University of Missouri – St. Louis

2015 - Secret of the Golden Flower | NYC
2016 - Ten Dimensions | STL

2017 - From East to West | Stuttgart
2017 - Denial is Hard to See | Chicago
2015 – Sound Piece II (utterances at this moment in time) | St. Louis
2016 - Deliberate Impulse | Chicago

2014 - Sound Piece I (untitled) | Chicago
2014 - Re-performing Henry Geldzahler | Chicago
2013 - Happiness | Prague

Abstracts + Papers + Reviews + Mentions:

poetics of denial: the political unconscious, poetics of the selve[s]: an active aesthetic | an empty place they call home | destruction in the performative | balanced time perspective through performance art: an interdisciplinary approach to wellbeing | performance art: an approach to fostering curiosity and critical thinking | a new paradigm for relational aesthetics | visual quarterly of st. louis | st. louis magazine

Abandoned Practices | Prague
Ox-Bow Arts | Michigan
Gedok | Germany


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