Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: Fuse: Join To Form: Single Entity
Media: Sterling Silver, Cooper, Gold Leaf, Enamel, Steel
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: No Website
On Thursday, I met Kristi Jensen to have the artist conversation. She is an undergraduate student who is working on her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. Jensen is graduating in Fall Semester of 2016 at Cal State Long Beach. She’s actually older than most students who are currently attending CSULB because she decided to go back to school. On her free time, she likes to knit and make different pieces with fiber art. Other than her artworks, she does have art on her body. She has about 8 tattoos, but she decided that she wouldn’t get anymore.
Jensen uses Sterling Silver, Cooper, Gold leaf, Cloisonné, Enamel and Steel in her artworks. In the top left photo, she made a ring that is made of sterling silver. Instead of making the ring flat and rounded all around like any other ring, she formed the sterling silver to have a shape at the top of the ring. In comparison to other rings, it isn’t smooth and it has a cement texture to it. In the top right photo, Jensen made a cup that has one side taller than the other. She used copper on the outside and put a gold leaf on the inside. She used fire to melt and bend the copper so it could shape into a cup. The texture is smooth on the inside and the outside. On the bottom left photo, Jensen curved the steel to a point where it looked like an onion and since it looked like an onion, the name carried on with it art. Lastly, the bottom right photo is a necklace that is made with sterling silver and enamel. She used the colors; dark purple, jade and a dark blue that complimented each other really well.
Jensen’s inspiration came from her grandfather when he use to fix televisions. She would watch him fix the television piece by piece and she was inspired by it. It made her want to work with art and explore with different medias. Aside from her grandfather as an inspiration, she was also inspired from Pinterest and Instagram. She would look for artwork that she finds interesting and she would make her own. Jensen enjoys working with metal and transforming it into an object. For her next project, she plans on working on a mechanical animal piece.
My favorite piece that she created was the necklace. I personally like jewelry and I thought it was creative how she formed the enamel into a pendant with different colors that complimented each other. I also thought it was fascinating how she bent steel into a shape of an onion. The artwork is very simple; the pieces are all symmetrical and fit perfectly together. When she said she was inspired from Pinterest and Instagram, I thought it was similar to how I get inspired from Instagram when it comes to clothing or taking pictures in general. There are so many things we can get inspiration from and even the little things can make a huge impact.