Jayleen Perez is an interdisciplinary New York based artist who is pursuing her BFA at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
Her fixation in exploring physical and mental states of disassociation sparked with a fascination in pushing the boundaries of the physical body through intense regulated athletic training in running. Through repetitive, self-induced mental and physical labor, her interest in the dis/connection between the body and mind has evolved into an underlying theme of her artistic practice. As an individual who has experienced a life dominated by polarization such as the suburban and the urban domestic life, the artistic and the athletic, the feminine and masculine, her work has grown to revolve around the weight of societal structures involving physicality. Perez experiments in mediums such as photography, video, animated GIF’s, installation, and light sound within the studio environment to capitalize on control and precision.
Perez finds comfort in the Legend of Zelda series and has accepted her ironic fate of not being a photogenic individual, for you can find her in uncomfortable and awkward poses while making work.