Chris Jehly was born in Santa Rosa California. He received his BA in printmaking at Sonoma State University in 2006 and MFA in printmaking from Columbia University in 2011. His work is derived from personal fears, anxieties, and confessions, and the sometimes real, sometimes imagined eruptions of the hidden chaos and threatening forces underlying reality. Childhood obsessions with cartoons and comic books as well as a background in graffiti and mural painting inform his approach and execution. Using existing comic book and cartoon illustrations, death metal lyrics and album art, and impromptu visual cues in film, news media, etc., his work manipulates the manipulator and reconfigures pre existing material, which offers itself up for stretching, twisting, dissecting and suturing together, and which he then forces into a rhythmic and traumatic juxtaposition with imagery that appears to be in conflict but is in actuality part of the same experiential universe. Chris’ work masks, distorts, and amplifies his perceptions of natural disaster, self image and memory, and the candy coated brutality of everyday life.