b. 1974 in Lancaster, California
Currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico
A native of Southern California, Ren Adams works cross-media, from art installations to hybrid printmaking, video, glitch, experimental photography and sound. She earned her MFA in Visual Art from Lesley University College of Art & Design and her BFA in Studio Art (Printmaking) from the University of New Mexico, with honors.
Adams exhibits internationally, often participates in collaborations and print exchanges, and regularly publishes visual art, poetry and critical writing. Her recent visual art publications include: The Bombay Gin, The Write Place at the Write Time, The Hand Magazine, First Class Lit, Cactus Heart, Box of Jars and Fickle Muses. Adams is also a UC Berkeley Alumni Scholar, a frequent visiting artist, lecturer, critic, juror and instructor, and she completed a lithography internship at Tamarind Institute. Additionally, she is the master printer in relief at New Grounds Print Workshop and previously worked as an artist and printer's assistant to Shaurya Kumar, emphasizing lithography and digital printmaking.
Her recent solo exhibitions include Channeling – Televisual Memory and Media Séance (2017), Poppy Receding (2017), Whitespace-Bluespace - Televisual Memory and the Implied Catastrophe (2016) and Desert (Loss) (2015). Recent group exhibitions include: 3rd Global Print, Axis Mundi, HereThere, and Prints by Southwest. Adams often teaches through the University of New Mexico, New Grounds Print Workshop and her private studio, and is a member of the New Media Caucus, Southern Graphics Council International and the New England Monotype Guild, in addition to serving as president and coordinator of several regional arts organizations. She received a merit award from the Art Institute of Boston in 2013 and continues active experimentation in interdisciplinary approaches.
Adams creates series specific and concept-heavy bodies of work, often dealing with the nature of landscape as a site of social, regional and cultural activation, or the fiber of media-memory and media-inflected reality. Adams is interested in the deconstruction of self as it encounters media and non-self, especially the rigors of television and the wonderful, terrible sublime of remixed anxiety and loss. She often works with appropriation, television theory and Cold War material.
In addition to her studies in the visual arts, Adams also earned a degree in English (Antelope Valley College and UC Berkeley), mentored under Thom Gunn and Charles Hood. Her writing often collides with her visual work, and she has appeared in numerous publications, including BROAD!, e-ratio, Atom Mind, Tokens: A Subway Anthology, Poetry Motel, Potpourri, The Great Blue Beacon, and Mother Road.