Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form A Single Entity
Media: Metals: Silver, Cooper, Steel
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Kristi Jensen has a BA in metal and jewelry. She will be returning as a graduate student in the fall. She started as a sculpture artist but switched because metals are easier to manipulate She has experience in working with metals for two years. For her to complete her work it takes about three weeks. Her hobbies include cooking, reading and drinking red wine. She said there are no specific messages behind her work but is inspired by the work process. Upon completion she is very satisfied and prideful of her work. Her favorite piece is the necklace with the blue and green colors.
Kristi’s pieces are all made out of metal. She explained that her work is co-linear with sweeping lines. Many people commented on her work saying that it was not cohesive. The types of metals she used was silver, copper, and steel. Before she started working with the metal she outlined her project on paper. Most of her work has smooth groves in it with appealing colors such as green, aqua blue and bright orange. She did not really care about the size of the project because it brought great pride to her when it was finished. She uses copper instead of silver because copper is much cheaper to buy. Kristi said that some silver can be easier to work with in certain situations.
Kristi’s inspiration came from watching her grandfather fix TV’s. She sat and observed her grandfather fix TV after TV. This inspired her to fix and make things. She said she has difficulty in naming her pieces and with art talk. Once she becomes more experienced and well rehearsed she will have more art shows. She works with metals because she gets to work with fire and bend the metal into the shape she wants it to be. All of her pieces are different because of the different techniques she uses. She does get to wear some of her pieces she creates, but not all of them.
Synthesis/ My Experience
It was interesting to see a variety of artists this time around, but I went with Kristi because she had the larger crowd. I actually did not know what her pieces look liked, so when she described them I had to go and see them. My favorite of her pieces had to be the vase because it is different then any other vase I have seen. The shape varied and it looks like it could actually hold more than a bouquet of flowers. Although I never really considered metal as an art I can see myself working with it for fun in the future.