Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: FUSE: Join to Form A Single Entity
Media: copper, steel, silver, fire, saw, hammer
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Website: She has no website
About the Artist:
Amongst the many artist that made up the gallery one of the artist that captivated my attention was Kristi Jensen because she spoke with such a passion about her work. Kristi Jensen is an undergraduate student in the CSULB School Art Metals & Jewelry BFA Program. Jensen started as a Sculpture major but later decided to switch to metal because it is easier to manipulate. She has been working with metal for two years now and loves it. The pieces that she had in the gallery were assignments that she had made for her particular class. She explained that she is known for turning in things on time and complete, which she of course feels delighted by. Jensen tends to use a lot colors on her work specially blues, light greens, and orange tends to work its way in as well. Some fun facts about Jensen are that when she was a little child she moved a lot from place to place and ended up going to ten different Elementary Schools, she was a flight attendant for a few years, and that she has eight tattoos. Other than working with metal, Jensen also loves to cook and drink red wine, spend time with her husband and dogs, and enjoys reading and knitting.
The object that I decided to do my analysis on was not actually something created by Kristi Jensen, but rather by another artist who I was unable to speak with. Since the gallery was a collection of works by different artist it was difficult to distinguish who made what. Regardless, the artwork I chose was a metal and orange glass light fixture. I was drawn to this light fixture not only because it was the very first thing you would see as you went in the door but also because it had an Arabian style. The orange stained glass gave it a feeling that it belonged in a church somewhere and I just love that. The light fixture was six sided and it had a dome on top with a bunch of triangles. The light fixture was simple but yet at the same time very elegant and just plain beautiful.
Kristi Jensen’s work does not particularly explore a specific message because she is just very driven by the process and creating her artwork. She just loves to actually be very hands on, on her assignments. She explained how fascinating it was to just try different methods to create her work, for example she explained all of the different ways on how to get different colors on metal with using different pigments sometimes even fire and ammonia. She seemed very free on the things that she creates. She explained that when she gets stuck and doesn’t know what to do, she refers to photo clippings from magazines that she had saved and gets inspired by the things she sees.
Synthesis/ My Experience:
I really enjoyed this gallery and getting to see the different works of art created by different students. I wish however that the artist who made the light fixture I really loved would have been there to have interviewed him. The gallery definitely had a lot of different artwork to see, ranging from jewelry to light fixtures, to even a chair that seemed to have been made out of rust. The fact that it was only one gallery open was a little disappointing because it was very crowded at points and often times I ended up finding myself having to go outside to get some fresh air. Overall, this was a great experience.