Denise Iris makes moving image works and photographs that explore our relationship with the natural world by blurring the boundaries between observation and imagination.
Before turning to the gallery context, Denise made films that were broadcast on PBS and screened at festivals such as MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal, Femme Totale (Germany), Trecianske Teplice (Slovakia), Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, and many others. Her films won a Silver Spire at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Critics’ Prize at the Dakino International Film Festival, and the Director’s Choice award at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival. They are held in Harvard University's collection and included in the film studies textbook The Film Experience (Bedford St. Martins).
Denise has received grants and fellowships from organizations such as the MacDowell Colony, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Wexner Center for the Arts, NY State Council on the Arts, NY Foundation for the Arts, Bogliasco Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation Pocantico Residency. She has given Visiting Artist lectures and/or workshops at Oberlin College, Bard College, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Colorado Boulder, Colgate University, Temple University, and others.
Denise holds a BA from Brown University, an MFA from Columbia, and has attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. She has taught at Columbia University, Swarthmore College, and Parsons The New School. Born and raised in Romania, she lives in NY.