Born in Gallipolis, Ohio. Lives in Hoosick, NY, USA. Jenny Holzer creates public "language" works, related to the conceptual art of the seventies. She also uses language to question the possession and deployment of language in society. Jenny Hozer's works use the structures of the mass media and aesthetics of the current milieu to smuggle messages into the public arena. She made groups of work each addressing aspects of sex, war and death. At first, Holzer printed her aphorisms on posters pasted to the walls of public places, anonymously in the streets of Manhattan. Later she began running them on electric signboards in more prominent locations, like the advertising board in Times Square. Her subsequent installation pieces in museums and galleries have generally been more meditative and subjective, particularly Laments in the Venice Biennale of 1990.