Jeremy Jirsa was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1992. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a BFA in General Fine Arts and a minor in Art History in 2014 and a MA in Teaching from MICA in 2015. He received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. His work has been exhibited across Baltimore and in multiple group shows across MICA’s campus as well as in several group shows during his Honors semester at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy. In 2000 he was diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome and OCD. Contrasting by nature, the two diagnoses have placed him in a constant struggle between order and chaos. Growing up with such ailments, he experienced the feelings of being trapped within his own body, of losing control upon himself, and of trying to hide from Others some aspects about himself. His work has become an exploration of such internal mental spaces, where he creates a sense of psychological dimension and an atmosphere of isolation by depicting minimal interiors. Through a limited subject matter he is able to erect interiors that project the open yet claustrophobic spaces of the constructed subconscious. These, in turn, stimulate ideas of loss, psychological turmoil, the exploration of seclusion and the emotive qualities of paint.