Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form A Single Entity
Media: Metals, Welding Tools and Jewelry
Gallery: CSULB School of Art: Gatov Gallery East and West
Kristi Jensen used to be a flight attendant, but went to California to study art at CSULB. She used to be a sculpting major, but she decided it wasn’t a good fit for her so she decided to start doing metal work and she’s been doing it for two years now. She expects to get her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts by next semester and when she gets her degree, she wants a career that is metal related where she gets to sculpt and mold it. She likes to sculpt jewelry too, but you’ll rarely find her wearing her own work.
Kristi’s work is very precise and careful. She molded her metals well to form abstract shapes that she can use as jewelry and decoration. They are very pretty works of art as they each have a different color and density. Kristi Jensen had three works in this exhibit and they are the first three pictures after the artist picture. The structure her works are in are curvy with smooth textures. They are symmetrical and are very toned down when it comes to color except for the silver ring which just glows in my eyes. Her work seems sturdy and intricate.
When creating her pieces, Kristi said that she didn’t really have a message conveyed in her work and the reason was because she felt that her work already symbolized her hard work and the time it took her to create them. Kristi says she has fun playing with fire and has fun creating new pieces because of it. Kristi says she was inspired by the way her grandfather used to fix things like the television when she was a kid and working with metal transferred over to her not by fixing things, but by creating new things. Kristi says that she has a hard time naming her pieces because she doesn’t even know what they mean so she just leaves it untitled and lets the people interpret them on their own.
Her work to me is extremely beautiful. Although there are many beautiful pieces made by other artists in this exhibit, her work stood out the most to me. I especially love her onion sculpture. It’s so precise and clean that it looks like it belongs in a museum. Her jewelry looks very cool too. The ring being sterling silver captures the eyes of many people and the necklace is so gracious and yet so subtle at the same time. If she continues this work, I think she can sell her own pieces and jewelry in no time.