Hi there! My name is Lena. I’m a Chicago writer and artist with a penchant for knitted sweaters and dad jokes.

I spend my days as a representative for Collective Management, linking talented directors to agencies bidding commercial work, and when the sun goes down, I teach art classes to the pleasantly buzzed at a local wine & paint studio.

My own artwork is made where all magic happens, in the bedroom.

Here’s my artist statement, in case you want to know what I’m about!

As an environmentally-conscious artist, my work focuses on revitalizing and reusing materials creatively, highlighting small pieces of the previous life in each project. I reuse canvases, incorporate recycled paper, and repurpose paint and other materials to create abstract, organic scenes. Whether I’m working with unusual left-behind textures or letting slivers of color outside my palate show through, I find inspiration in the happy accidents and idiosyncrasies of reuse.

A repeating theme in my work is connection and disconnection; the disruptions and web of consciousness between bodies, souls, technology, society, and the universe. Any given piece may explore one or all of these relationships. My objective in creating is to excise a construct and transplant it into a context that provokes tension, emotion, and imagination.

I’m always keen to get my hands dirty in freelance opportunities – from painting murals to commissioning artwork to blog writing. Hit me up and let’s see if we can collaborate.