Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: FUSE: Join to Form Single Entity
Media: Metals, Fire, Saw, Hammer, and Sand Paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: No Website
For this week’s artist conversation, we got to meet with artist Kristi Jensen. Jensen is a senior here at California State University of Long Beach. Growing up, she went to 10 different elementary schools because she moved a lot. When she got to CSULB, she first started out as a sculpture major. Now she is in the Metals and Jewelry program for the CSULB School of Art. She changed her mind because she said that metal is easier to manipulate and has now been working with metal for two years. Kristi Jensen explained how there is nothing she does not like about metal and how it is really cool that you get to work with fire. She recommends that everyone try working with metal. Her dream is to find a living doing something with metal. Some other interests of hers are that she likes to cook, read, drink red wine, and loves hanging out with her husband.
In Kristi and her group’s exhibit “FUSE: Join to Form Single Entity,” their artwork involves jewelry and all different types of art pieces. Kristi Jensen’s art work is mainly made with copper, steal, and silver. To help make her art pieces, she uses fire, a saw, a hammer, and sand paper. The main colors her art work consists of are blue, lime green, and she said that orange sometimes finds a way in. An example of one of her art pieces would be the metal cylinders hanging from the ceiling. Just like how she explained, this art piece is blue and lime green. The cylinders are all different sizes because Jenson told us that size does not matter, as long as it is fun.
Many of Kristi Jensen’s art pieces were class assignments. She explained how she has 1,000s of things saved and that she uses pictures to spark ideas for her next piece. She also told us about how her work has no specific message that it is trying to convey, but that it is just driven by a process. When talking about her art work, Jensen said that it is “very satisfying to finish.” By finishing an art piece, she told us about how it creates pride and satisfaction. The one thing she wants to work on though is that she said she is very bad at naming her pieces and that her goal to work on is thinking of the whole process.
After seeing Kristi Jensen’s art work, to me they mean that hard work does pay off. She first started off as a Sculpture major, but realized she did not want to do that anymore and fell in love with working with metal. She began focusing on metal art work instead and after working really hard, she is about to graduate with her BFA in Metals and Jewelry. To me, it is inspiring what she has done because it shows that if you really love something and put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. With hard work and putting the time in, anyone can reach their goals. Kristi Jensen’s dream is to find a living doing something with metal and with how much effort and time she is putting into her art work now, I believe she is going to make that dream come true.