Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form; Single Entity
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov East
This week, I had my artist conversation with Kristi Jensen. Jensen is in the BFA program at CSULB, and is close to graduating. Originally, Jensen was focusing on sculptures but found her passion in metals. According to her, she has not been able to make her works focus on one certain topic. She feels that she has to work on that for her works to convey one general message. Also, her piece names are something she said she will be working on in the future.
Almost all of Jensen’s works are in some form of metal. The first piece I’ll be talking about is the green and purple necklace. Looking at it, the texture looks smooth and it’s circular. When the purple and green meet there is a small bump. The lines and transition between colors are smooth. There is also another piece which I believe is a ring. The texture is ragged while the curves are smooth. The color is popping out with the texture. The last piece I took a look at was the onion shaped piece. The lines are smooth all around, making the piece look like one fluid motion.
Jensen doesn’t have one inspiration or one general message that she is trying to convey. In her mind, she is doing this because she enjoys working with metals. She is looking to exploring making stands for her pieces instead of a white stand displaying her works, making it an art piece on top of another art piece. Upon graduation, Jensen hopes to find work where she would be able to continue working with metal.
This exhibit was different than the other ones I’ve been to this semester. Reflective of the name of the exhibit, it was a fuse of many different artists. I enjoyed the metal works because who would ever think of making art in this form? The way the necklace is made from shaping it to the final touches and how the onion shaped piece was made. The amount of time and dedication put in to it was astonishing. I was simply amazed by her pieces. Working with metal and fire seems enjoyable, something that I might want to try once or twice.