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Jenny Kanzler

Artist Statement

   Depictions of the estranged familiar present an irreconcilable dilemma: the comfort of what is known, threatened by the unknown. Within these uncanny moments opposites coexist; hierarchy is subverted; and the magical emerges from the mundane.



   Jenny Kanzler, b. 1975 is an American painter of German and Eastern European descent. Her subject matter centers on tragicomic narratives, employing the uncanny to explore fear and humor through visual metaphor and folklore.


Kanzler holds an MFA in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (2005) and a BA in Sculpture from Syracuse University (1997). She has exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery; The Painting Center in NYC; and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum as well as the Rodger LaPelle Gallery in Philadelphia. 


She spent her most formative artistic years (1999-2012) in Philadelphia and her work is heavily influenced by the creative community, artistic history, and character of the city. She currently lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband, Abe, and their two children, Irving and Sylvia.

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