Getting to the root of what
makes us who we are

Why I'm An Artist


To learn how to see things differently. To ask better questions. To get my hands dirty.

To study history. To act in the present. To improve for the future.

To master the art of change. To speak meaningfully. To share stories that act as both windows and mirrors.

To practice patience and persistence. To align my values with my decisions. To understand how creating something new always requires taking something else away. To then make work that honors and is worthy of the materials it consumes.

To be a student, and then a teacher. To change myself first, so that I may challenge others, and invite them to challenge me.




Jenie Gao Biography Self Portrait

Who I Am

In the king's court, only the jester gets away with critiquing the king. He does not seek the king's approval, and so he has it. He is honest, because he can make fun of himself.

I challenge conventional wisdom and work frequently between different--often disjointed--disciplines. I'm a "Jen" of all trades, master of some, enough to be dangerous on others. I tinker a lot. I care about understanding the nuts and bolts of what I'm doing and what the effects are. You might enjoy knowing that I built this experience for you, from the website to the logo and branding.

Artist, in actions and philosophy, inside and outside the studio and gallery.

Writer. A literary old soul with a foul mouth.

Lean methods practitioner and consultant. A disgustingly precise human being.

Hiker, climber, adventurer, joker. Lifelong learner and teacher. Headstrong and inquisitive. Idealistic and realistic. Full of wonder, grit, and shenanigans. An immeasurably lucky human being.

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  • PDF resume for work/career path

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    Additional Info:

    Header Image is of my sunlit studio.
    The nice bio picture was taken by the lovely Kirsty Blattner. The other one is of me running through electroshock during Tough Mudder. It's for the press to use, in case I ever go into politics.


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