Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form; Single Entity
Media: Metalsmith, and fiber art
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Kristi Jensen is an aspiring metalsmith artist who showcases her work at California State University, Long Beach. She is currently enrolled at CSULB and will be finishing her BFA the following semester. After completing graduation, she hopes to make a living off what she loves to do: metal making. Originally, Jensen started as a sculptor yet did not feel acquainted to the form. Her strengths lie in techniques that allow/forgive mistakes such as molding. Aside from her career as an artist/student, Jensen is more than just that as she partakes in knitting, reading, and watching television shows such as the Walking Dead. Jensen does not have a particular message behind her work- stating that she creates pieces all for enjoyment. Her inspiration comes from her grandfather’s work on televisions. Tearing apart piece by piece, and various other actions to break down contraptions reflects how she plays around with her pieces. She has been currently working on metal art for approximately two years as it takes an average of three weeks to complete a single piece.
Jensen’s pieces are straightforward as it consists of metal pieces alongside a beautiful touch of color. In order to begin the process of metal making, she first sketches an idea then molds her concept with paper. Her work mainly consists of a quirky combination of color pallets. She generally works with colors that don’t typically associate with one another yet makes astounding results (for example, orange mixed with blue). This is noticeable in her favorite piece of work, the picture of a pendant with obscure colors (her work does not have official titles). She manages to enhance her pieces from metals with tools/chemistry ranging from brass brushes, sodium chloride, ammonia, sulfur, etc. as these create vibrant colors to the final product.
Although Jensen does not have a particular meaning behind her work, there are evidence that reflects her personality. She stated that she is one to complete things on time. That being said, her style of molding reflects the way she handles work considering the symmetrical element incorporated into each piece and how it suggests a sense of completion. The prevalent presence of lines emphasizes the sense of completion considering how the lines within her pieces connects to each other as the idea of completeness is noticeable.
Jensen’s pieces allow me to see how there doesn’t have to be a specific motive to create art and that many artists are natural inspired to do it. I’m able to see the fun and dedication she puts into her work simply by seeing her shiny/colorful pieces. Although metal art looks easy to do at first glance, the process and effort she emphasizes on not only lets me see her enthusiasm on the form, but also the difficulty/enjoyment one can experience from metal making. For example, the amount of time allotted into her favorite piece (pendant) is noticeable considering the way she highlights her experience and favoritism of the work.