Visual artist Jenna Efrein fuses sculpture, installation and performance art to draw focus to societal and environmental concerns. Driven by activism societal and environmental concerns and inspired by the moral and philosophical tenets of community, she stimulates social awareness through a practice that invites viewers to participate both physically and psychologically. The impetus for her work is derived from research and observation; it exposes the repercussions of being human in this world.
A skilled artisan trained in a variety of sculptural techniques and digital technologies, Efrein leans into the fragile, yet strong qualities of glass, and places a careful emphasis on the use of recycled materials. Discarded scraps of glass and plastic are sourced from her community; in this way, Efrein acts as a filter for refuse materials in her immediate environment, reincorporating them into works for a broader audience. She often inserts her own human form into the work, in an effort to bridge vulnerabilities between herself and her audience. Connecting the consequences of our past actions to the present reality while envisioning future possibilities if gone unchecked, Efrein jars the viewer into a state of reckoning.
Raised in Brooklyn NY, Efrein has lived in many states, but has resided in Miami since 2014. Efrein is a full-time Senior Lecturer in the Art and Art History Department at the University of Miami in the glass and sculpture studios. She has participated at the Vermont Studio Residency and is a resident at Miami’s acclaimed Bakehouse Art Complex. Since moving to Miami, Efrein has contributed to numerous exhibitions, including solos at the University of Miami Gallery in Wynwood and the Mindy Solomon Gallery in Little Haiti. She has sold several sculptures into private collections. Additionally, she is a proud recipient of a Spring 2019 Miami-Dade County Artist Access grant.