Jenna Kay Houston
Jenna Kay Houston was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Soon after, they moved with their family to suburban New Jersey where they grew up. During these teenage years, femmes on Tumblr and YouTube led them to have a webcam aesthetic with much of their video work. Jenna transitioned this into photography and installation, focusing on gender studies and visual art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, where they are based now. Following the long-term development of a chronic pain syndrome, Jenna now works with documentary video, analog photography, zines, and multiples, being most interested in forms that can be shared democratically via distributables or the internet. Most recently, Jenna was an artist-in-residence at Otis College of Art and Design and received individual artist grants and a fellowship from The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Carnegie Mellon University to photograph Pittsburgh’s queer community and film femmes with chronic pain.