Jessica Tenbusch: Curator & Artist Feature

Jessica Tenbusch is one of three curators of our exhibition, Sanctuary, along with Ilana Houten and Elize Jekabson.  In addition to being a curator, Tenbusch also has several pieces of her artwork in the show. You can see it from now until July 14, 2018.

BIO: AzaleaGarden2 jessica tenbusch ann arbor art center ypsi alloy studios sanctuary drawing color nature flowers neon antler

Tenbusch received her BFA in 2011 and MFA in 2014 from Eastern Michigan University where she concentrated in metalsmithing. In her childhood, she was lucky to share her home with a multitude of other animals and hundreds of houseplants. Outside was always inside. She has devoted her studio practice to these relationships with other species and how they shaped her experience as a human animal. Her work is inspired by the animal and plant species that live among humans, supported or threatened by human ecosystems. She lives and works in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her practice is located within Ypsi Alloy Studios, a 3D arts studio she co-owns with two other local artists, Ilana Houten and Elize Jekabson.


Inspired by the animal and plant species that live near humans, I create work that reflects these complex relationships. My work is an observation on our role as ecosystem builders and reflects the non-human animal and plant species that live in human-made ecosystems.They are fragments of our daily environment, showing just how close nature is in our everyday lives. The mental construct of “nature outside of human spaces” creates a block, keeping us from seeing the nature that is embedded in our homes and neighborhoods.

See more of Jessica’s work on her website.

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