Throughout her career, Nena Amsler has been exploring the ambiguities of perception, the indeterminacy of memory and the fragility of identity. Raised in both Peru and Switzerland - countries different from each other culturally, economically, politically, perhaps even psychologically - Amsler was constantly readjusting to a changing environment. This constant adaptation is what Amsler believes helped bring her to the conclusion that reality is just a perception, a central theme in her work. As Thich Nhat Hanh said, "reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." It is this illusory quality of perception that the viewer encounters in Amsler's work, where nothing is what it seems to be.
Internationally she has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Minsk, Belarus, the 6th Swiss Bi-Centennial Exposition in Neuchatel and Bienne, the Amelia Museum of Archeology in Umbria, Italy, and various galleries and art institutions in Switzerland. In the United States Amsler's work has been shown at The Jones Center for Contemporary Art in Austin, Texas, the Grey Gallery in New York and, in California, at the San Diego Art Institute, the Riverside Art Museum, Angels Gate Cultural Center (San Pedro); Otis Parsons Art Institute (Los Angeles), the Irvine Fine Arts Center, the Korean Cultural Center (Los Angeles) and various art galleries, including, among others, Luis de Jesus Gallery, Kristi Engle Gallery, Another Year in LA gallery, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, ARTS Inc and SITE gallery.
After studying studio art and art history in Switzerland, Spain and Austria, Amsler earned her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design followed by her MFA from Claremont Graduate University. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
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