CURRENT | UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Museum of Science and History (MOSH) - Jacksonville, Florida - May 4th - July 11th - 2019

Mize Gallery - St. Petersburg, Florida - July 12th - 2019

Games, Art, and Music (Space GAAM) - Jacksonville, Florida - August 17th - 2019

Crane Ramen - Jacksonville, Florida - August 26th - 2019

AWARDS AND GRANTS

Art Ventures Grant - The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida - 2018

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Kyouka Suigetsu (Flower in the Mirror, Moon on the Water) - Crane Ramen - Jacksonville, Florida - 2019

Mukashi Banashi (Old Folk Tales) - Museum of Science and History (MOSH) - Jacksonville, Florida - 2019

Hatenai Yume (Endless Dream) - Space 42 - Jacksonville, Florida - 2018

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Games, Art, and Music (Space GAAM) - Schultz Center - Jacksonville, Florida - 2019

Sup Cones 2 - Mize Gallery - St. Petersburg, Florida - 2019

A Vision for Art - Group Exhibition - St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School - Jacksonville, Florida - 2019

Shine: A Feminine Perspective - Group Exhibition - Women Writing for (a) Change - Jacksonville, Florida - 2019


We Rise - Mural Collaboration - Eastside Brotherhood - Jacksonville, Florida - 2018

The Craft of Art: A Feminine Approach - Group Exhibition - Women Writing for (a) Change - Jacksonville, Florida - 2018

Games, Art, and Music (GAAM Anime) - Group Exhibition - The Museum - Jacksonville, Florida - 2018

Surviving to Thriving - Women's Center of Jacksonville - The Yellow House - Jacksonville, Florida 2018

Writing on the Walls - Jax Makerspace - Jacksonville Public Library - Jacksonville, Florida - 2018

Phoenix Rising Festival Mural Collaboration - Phoenix Arts District - Jacksonville, Florida - 2018

Sum + Substance - Group Exhibition - The Space Gallery - Jacksonville, Florida - 2018

Local Exposure - Group Exhibition - Gallery 725 - Jacksonville, Florida - 2018

The HEart of FemArtists - Group Exhibition - The Art Center Cooperative - Jacksonville, Florida - 2018

First Things First - Group Exhibition - Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum - Jacksonville, Florida - 2018

5 & Under - Group Exhibition - The Space Gallery - Jacksonville, Florida - 2017

Games, Art, and Music (GAAM Adventure) - Group Exhibition - The Museum - Jacksonville, Florida - 2017

FemArt Gallery - Group Exhibition - 5iveCanons - Jacksonville, Florida - 2017

Cultural Council of Jacksonville Art Awards - Group Exhibition - Glass Factory - Jacksonville, Florida - 2017

Resistance Art Show - Group Exhibition - Union 3B - Jacksonville, Florida - 2017

Games, Art, and Music (GAAM VS.) - Group Exhibition - The Museum - Jacksonville, Florida - 2016

SOUTH By Southlight, Head To Toe - Group Exhibition - CoRK - Jacksonville, Florida - 2016

SOUTH By Southlight, POP! - Group Exhibition - CoRK - Jacksonville, Florida - 2016

Local Exposure - Gallery 725 - Atlantic Beach, Florida - 2016

Games, Art, and Music (GAAM) - Group Exhibition - The Birdhouse - Jacksonville, Florida - 2015

Games, Art, and Music (GAAMvengers) - Group Exhibition - The Museum - Jacksonville, Florida - 2015

SOUTH by Southlight Exhibition - Wilson Center for the Arts - Jacksonville, Florida - 2015

Elements of MOSH - Museum of Science and History - Jacksonville, Florida - 2015

Games, Art and Music (GAAM Fantasy) - Group Exhibition - The Museum - Jacksonville, Florida - 2014

The Art Institute of Jacksonville Annual Exhibition - Jacksonville, Florida - 2014

ECHO III - BFA Thesis Group Exhibition - Jacksonville, Florida - 2014

Artistic Perceptions - Solo Exhibition - Augusta, Georgia - 2013

The Art Institute of Jacksonville Annual Exhibition - Jacksonville, Florida - 2013

Juice, A Jen Jones Gallery - Group Exhibition - Jacksonville, Florida - 2013

Local Exposure - Gallery 725 - Atlantic Beach, Florida - 2013

The Art Institute of Jacksonville Annual Exhibition - Jacksonville, Florida - 2012

The Art Institute of Jacksonville Annual Exhibition - Jacksonville, Florida - 2011

WORKSHOPS

Cathedral Arts Project - Beauclerc Elementary - Jacksonville, Florida - 2019


ARTIST STATEMENT

My work focuses on the subtleties of the human condition and conceptually explores identity, individuality, and gender issues through creative visual narrative. I utilize a contrived scenario, characterization of my own likeness and the psychology of color and semiotics to build my vernacular.

Within the framework of my Eurasian-American feminine identity, I seek to preserve mine own heritage and cultures. Through historical references, such as artists and poets, artisan crafts, such as textile patterns and pottery techniques, to cuisine, mythology, folklore and religion; I modernize those elements through illustrative, mixed-media story-telling in the 2-dimensional form.

My goal is to inspire the viewer to breakdown stereotypes and to look beyond the boundaries of their own culture and identity for introspection. Rather than emphasizing what separates us as individuals, I hope to bring understanding, mindfulness, and connection in what unifies us to society at large.

 

BIO

Elena Øhlander (b. 1988) is an illustrator and painter, currently working in Jacksonville, Florida. She attained her BFA in Photography in 2014, exhibiting her work at national galleries and museums.

Her focus is in illustration that explores identity, gender issues, space, individuality, and pop culture with a Japanese context. Her main influences are Taiyo Matsumoto, Hayao Miyazaki, Yayoi Kusama, and Yoshitomo Nara. 


elena@elenaohlander.com