Travis Janssen received an MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University in 2007 and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2000. His current creative practice often focuses on bridging the gap between contemporary and historic methods of printmaking as well as forays into video and installation art mediums. Janssen’s interests also extend into the collaborative process and cross-disciplinary investigation, having collaborated with a variety of individuals on a diverse range of projects including prints and documentary videos. Over the last five years he has shown work in over eighty-five exhibitions across the United States and venues in New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Currently, Janssen's creative practice is based out of Carbondale, Illinois where he teaches printmaking and 2-D foundations at Southern Illinois University. Prior to moving to Carbondale he taught a variety of courses including printmaking, digital imaging, and foundations at Arizona State University and Phoenix College.
My creative activities investigate the nature of perception and reflection within conscious and unconscious viewing experiences. I strive to create art that distills events within the human condition. In turn, it is my goal for viewers to develop additional recognition of and understanding about the world around them. Elements from a diverse range of fields including physics, biology, anthropology, and literature, enter my work.
I view the act of investigation as the motive and process of my work. In sharing the results, I share my findings. Through the mediums of printmaking, digital video, and installation I create immersive works that lend themselves to meditative viewing experiences. Rather than playing to passive observers, viewers become participants. Within this approach active viewing practices are emphasized and individuals are empowered as visual beings.