Wk 5-Artist Conversation- Kristi Jensen

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Artist: Kristi Jensen

Exhibition: Fuse: Join To form Single Entity

Media: Copper, Steel, Silver, Fire, Saw, Hammer and Sand Paper

Gallery: CSULB School of Art: Gatov Gallery East

Website: No Website

Instagram: whipperton

This week the art exhibit consisted of pieces from over 30 artists, but I was fortunate enough to have the honor of meeting and interviewing Kristi Jensen. Jensen is such a down to earth woman. Although Kristi started as a sculpture major,she realized she was not into conceptual art. She is currently an Under Graduate student at CSULB, hoping to graduate in the school of Art in the Metals and Jewelry BFA program. Jensen likes metal very much, as she believes they are easier to manipulate.  She grew up moving a lot and even attended 10 different elementary schools. When asked what ideas her work explores, she really did not have an answer as she explained all of her pieces are classroom assignments. She doesn’t watch much television, but loves to cook, read, knit, drink red wine and hang out with her husband and dogs. Kristi Jensen is different than most other students in her program as she is a returning student and older than most.

Kristi Jensen and I talked about her formal qualities for a few minutes and I found it interesting that although she is a remarkable artist she doesn’t believe in the “art talk”. At first she did not believe all of her work was cohesive but then another artist came and observed all of her work and made her realize there was a curvilinear sweeping gesture through each piece of  art. All of Jensen’s pieces range in size, as she thinks a piece any size can be a beautiful piece of art. Kristi Jensen’s pieces have a very clean and smooth  finish and almost all of her work has curvilinear lines or shaping. She loves working with metals. Jensen most commonly uses copper as it is cheap and soft. Additionally, on occasion she uses steel and loves to use silver, but that is difficult because it is so expensive. Kristi told me how she uses all of her spare money on tools because to create great art, one needs an array of tools. The 2 most common tools she uses are hammers and saws. Plus, she always need fire to help bend and shape the metals.

Kristi Jensen’s pieces along with all the other artists pieces were class assignments so there was no inner inspiration.  I asked what makes her different from the other artists, and she explained how she is known for always having her work turned in on time. Furthermore, she is known for having a “corky” color palette. She mainly uses blue and lime green and orange.  There is nothing Kristi Jensen does not like about metal. She said “It is Badass, you work with fire” and she recommends it to everyone. Her dream is to find a living doing something with metal while making money. Her and I both found it very ironic that she makes a lot of jewelry but rarely wears any. Jensen told me how she is very bad at naming any of her pieces and goals to work on finding a purpose in every piece she creates too.

Personally, I really enjoyed this exhibit. The Title Fuse: Join To form Single Entity , really embodies the fact that 30-40 artists all created pieces to fill one exhibit. All the pieces were very different but complimented each other very well. I think metal is so interesting as one can keep re-burning it and shaping the piece to get a new look. The artist explained how it is very satisfying to finish a piece and although I am not an artist I could relate to the feeling. Additionally, Kristi talked about how she was driven by the process and I think that relates to life as people are driven by the journey rather than the final destination. Over all I really enjoyed this weeks artist discussion are art exhibit.

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