Jennifer Steinkamp, born in 1958, is a media and installation artist based in Los Angeles. Her video animations explore nature, architecture, contemporary social issues, and the passage of time. Nature, twisted and changed through technology, is Steinkamp’s signature subject.
Since the late 1980s, Steinkamp has produced a wide range of computer-generated realities. By manipulating existing computer code, primarily using 3-D animation software, she transforms architectural spaces with light, dematerializing walls and filling the constructed environment with hyperreal and, simultaneously, clearly artificial mimicry of organic forms. Her colorful moving images disorient and lull us into a sense of calm—a world both familiar and foreign, real and virtual.
Steinkamp has been featured in many prominent public art collections and numerous exhibitions at such venues as: The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; MassMoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; and the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah. Moreover, her art has toured worldwide with the band U2.
Steinkamp has received many awards and much recognition. She was the J. Paul Getty Artist in Residence of the Getty Artist program in 2010–2011 and the United States representative for the 11th Cairo International Biennale in Egypt. She received an Honorary Doctorate from the ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena.