approach to art-making is multidisciplinary; the installations she creates combine video, sculpture, performance, writing and audio to create immersive environments. Crossing the static bounds of space and object, her projected video creates a poetic space that emulates thought and memory. The video in three-dimension becomes malleable, altering the boundaries of the physical and illusory.
Over the years she has worked with the moving image combined with sculpture in a number of ways, both with miniature objects and with large architectural elements. Consistent in all of her installations is the focus on a sense of place and the psychological aspects of interiors, whether physical in structure or of an individual's psyche. Performance, her own and her family’s, is also an important reoccurrence in Jenkins’ work. Jenkins’ content can be challenging and revealing; familial relationships, home, sexuality, and the male/female identity are themes she frequents. Visceral and emotional, these personal narratives offer a window into intimate life, where the commonplace becomes surprising and unexpected.
Amy Jenkins’ installations, videos, and photography have been exhibited, screened and published internationally. Her work has received wide support from granting organizations, including New Hampshire State Council for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Jerome Foundation, the Experimental Television Center, and Aaron Siskind Foundation. She recently received the Berkshire Taconic A.R.T. Fellowship for 2010. As a Djerassi Resident Artist in Woodside, CA, she was selected for the Hewlett-Packard Honorary Fellowship. She has also been a Harvestworks Media Artist-in-Residence in NY; other residencies include an NEA-sponsored Fellowship and residency at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA, and artist residencies at MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH; Yaddo, Saratoga, NY; and Light Work, Syracuse, NY. She has been a two-time nominee for the CalArts Alpert Award in Film/Video. Her films have received various awards including the Director’s Choice Award from the Black Maria Film and Video Festival, as well as a Jury’s Choice Award at the New York Exposition of Short Film and Video.
Jenkins’ recent exhibitions include solo shows at ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, Georgia, the Brattleboro Museum in Vermont, Kustera Tilton Gallery, NYC, Sioux City Art Center, Iowa, Samson Projects, Boston, MA, and John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI; as well as the museum group shows Stop. Look. Listen, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY, Mixed Emotions, The Haifa Museum, Haifa, Israel; Video Art/Video Culture, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Aquaria, Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum, Linz, Austria; New Video Artists, Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, TN; Video Jam, Palm Beach ICA, FL; Threshold, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, VA; Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; and Moving Image: Ten Years of Video, Anthology Film Archives, NY. Recent screening venues include The Brattle in Cambridge, MA, the Athena Film Festival in NY, The Three Rivers Film Festival in PA, and Aurora Picture Show in Houston, TX.
Included in the Thames and Hudson book New Media in Late Twentieth-Century Art by Michael Rush, Ms. Jenkins’ artwork has also been reviewed and reproduced in The New York Times, ARTnews, Performing Arts Journal, Aperture, Art New England, The Village Voice, Art Papers, The New Yorker, and Bomb, among others.