Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form; single entity
Media: Steel, silver, copper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gavov Gallery East
This week’s artist is Kristi Jensen. She is a returning student with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metals and Jewelry. She couldn’t name somewhere she’s from because she claimed to be from all over. She moved around a lot and even said she went to 10 different elementary schools. Ironically, she had a job once that had her doing the same thing–she was a flight attendant. She was inspired by her grandfather and the way he would fix the television, piece by piece. One fun fact about her is that this event was the first she ever curated. Another series of fun facts would be that she is married with dogs, she cooks, and enjoys a casual glass of red wine.
Her works are as much jewelry as they are metalwork. She uses silver (sparingly) and copper the most. A visiting artist has has noted that her work has a recurring motif of curving. Judging from the three pieces present in the gallery, I would have to agree. The piece above is swirled inwards and curves were inevitably present. It was a beautiful piece as well, the shade of green seemed like a naturally-occuring shade.
It’s hard to pin down what metals mean in terms of contextual meaning, nevertheless the pieces were beautiful.
This piece was my favorite in the gallery. I love symmetry and this piece had pinned down symmetry in multiple dimensions and it was aesthetically pleasing. A masterpiece in my eyes. What interested me was that all of Jensen’s works were Untitled. But the work speaks for itself. No need for a flashy title when she’s made a fantastic piece of jewelry and symmetrical eye-candy. Upon asking her why they didn’t have titles she replied, “I’ve just always been bad at naming my pieces.”