Jenna Knoblach lives and works in New Orleans, but she was born in Slidell near Honey Island Swamp. The combination of running cross country and track at the collegiate level and studying feminist body art gradually led to her an interdisciplinary practice rooted in performance. Knoblach's most recent solo show, Magenta Alert, took place at Staple Goods Gallery.
Knoblach has had artwork exhibited at the Ogden Museum, the Louisiana State Museum, the New York Transit Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in NY, Makeshift Museum in LA, LABOR Gallery in MX, UNO St. Claude Gallery, Antenna Gallery, and Good Children Gallery. She has had artwork published in 101 Contemporary Artists, New Orleans Art Review, and Artvoices Magazine. She is in the special collections of Koç University, the Collins C. Diboll Library, as well as in private collections. In the past, Knoblach has assisted with installation and maintaining the gallery spaces of Heriard-Cimino Gallery, PARSE Gallery, Press Street, Pelican Bomb, and Good Children Gallery. Her studies at Loyola University furthered her studio practice in techniques utilizing digital media, sculpture, installation, printmaking, photography, drawing, and painting.
My artwork is a byproduct of a physical action that may become sculpture, photography, video, text, or something else entirely. I am committed to documenting traces of the body’s movements. I am committed to making immersive installations in which the viewer has a bodily interaction. I am committed to communicating a narrative using time-based or new media.
Matters pressing to my background, my struggles, and my dreams find their way into my artwork. If these vibrate in a universal, sociological, or emotional frequency, I am satisfied. In my images, I return to these tensions: constraints and mobility, figuration and abstraction, visual symbols and textual symbols.