Wk 5 – Artist Conversation

Artist: Kristi Jensen

Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form A Single Entity

Media: Metals: Silver, Cooper, Steel

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: None

Instagram: whipperton

About The Artist

Kristi Jensen is a returning student graduating in the fall with a BFA in Metal and Jewelry. As she started her art career she started as a sculpture major but was not into conceptual art. She stated that working was metal is easier and she has been doing it for about two years now, she is having fun with it. For these pieces it took her about three weeks to finish each one. She likes to read, drink wine, hangout with her husband and dog and loves to watch the show The Walking Dead. She is driven by her art during the process. She likes when she finishes an art piece because it brings satisfaction to her. She clearly stated that from all her pieces her favorite one has to be the necklace.

Formal Analysis

All the work that she has done are made out of metal. She stated that her pieces are co-linear with sweeping lines. A lot of people disagreed with her and told her that her work was cohesive. She uses: silver, copper, and steel. Before she even starts to create her project she starts off by making it with paper then later creating it with the metal pieces. The colors that she used were mostly blue or lime green with a little bit orange. She also stated that the size did not matter, the only thing that matter to her was if she had fun while doing them. She would use copper over silver due to the costs, copper is way cheaper than silver.

Content Analysis

These pieces that were created started from watching her grandpa fix televisions. While he was doing so she would sit down and just watch him. She got the idea from him that’s why she likes to fix and create things on her own. She stated that’s the only problem she had is naming her art work. Once she gets this problem down with, she will have more art show. One key factor why she likes to play with metal is because she could hit it with a hammer and burn it with fire to shape it the way she wants it to be. None of her prices correlate to one another because she does them with a different technique each time. To top it off, she sometimes wears her pieces that she created.

Synthesis/ My Experience

As I walk into the art gallery, I noticed a lot of artwork. I did not know which art belong to what artist. As I seen her and I walked up to her and started hearing her talk. Once I got her name I looked up all her work in a paper that’s inside the gallery. As I was looking through her work, it stood out to me because it was different and unique from the others. I also realized why the necklace was her favorite, it was also my favorite, the colors stand out. It also a combination of two of my favorite colors. I also wonder how it took her 3 weeks to do the ring because as for me I am impatient and cannot work with stuff that is little.  It takes great talent to work with metal because dealing with a hammer, you need to know how hard you can hit something to form the shape you want. Overall, her work is unique and stood out to me. I really enjoy Kristi Jensen’s work.

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