Jennika Bastian

Much of my work is a personal folklore of motifs and characters that share stories of navigation through the dark and light of my psyche. In the past few years, I have become very interested in creating artwork inspired from studying folklore and mythology in different cultures. One of my favorite quotes is "Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths," by Joseph Campbell. I view my artwork as a dance between these public dreams and private myths. My aesthetic is inspired by in-between spaces of my middle world: the connective flow of dreams and waking, growth and decay, the ebb of the ephemeral. I have been self employed since I was 15 years old, selling my personal artwork and creating commissions. My freelance work includes illustrating a young adult fantasy series, installation design for the Burning Man festival, outdoor illuminated sculptures for Madison Olbrich Gardens, live painting and murals. After graduating in 2013 with my Bachelor of Fine Arts from UW Madison, I have also been employed at Madison Children's Museum as an exhibit artist, creating murals, sculptures, and different elements of exhibits. I additionally work as an art instructor for the Children's Museum, as well as teach private lessons to kids out of my home. In 2018 I was selected to participate in the artist residency, EUARKA+ as an oil painter, in tandem with the exhibition Documenta 14, in Kassel Germany (Dane county's sister county). I have exhibited my personal work regionally and internationally.


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Jennika Bastian


Oil on Canvas

16 x 12 in.


In Greek Mythos, Nyx is the primordial goddess of the personification of night and is said to be so powerful that even Zeus feared her. As evening falls her hair and lips glitter into the night sky as she conjures a blooming crescent orchid, donning a moonstone jawbone of a nocturnal creature.