Far from wanting to introduce an answer or finite emotion through my work, I seek rather to produce variables and potential for feeling based in a conceptual framework. This “productive conceptualism” is not meant to exclude the viewer with its intellect but rather engage with its materiality.
My recent work on paper investigate ritual by means of daily watercolors interpreting what I ingested during a given day or week. This conceptual practice is given form alternatively through watercolor and graphite so that not only are the forms evoked but also the sensations and memory associated with these acts. Through this I hope to achieve a personal meditation on daily functioning. Through this use of concept and gesture the tension between strength and fragility, order and disorder, and function and disfunction are given form.
Artist Bio / CV
Kristen Jensen (b. 1976) is an artist living and working in New York City. She received her BFA in printmaking from Syracuse University and her MFA from Hunter College in Combined Media. Jensen’s projects are media specific often requiring her to learn new artistic skill sets to realize each new idea, such as ceramic mold-making and furniture making. Her projects explore an area of art that has been termed Romantic Conceptualism including her relationships with friends, collaborators, and mental/physical disorders. Her work chronicles and counters difficult emotional subjects with obsessive and exhaustive series of sculpture, photography, and recently painting. Her work has been included in Pop Up Portrait show curated by Austin Thomas at Scot Cohen, Anomalous Urges curated by Courtney Tramposh at Vaudville Park, Haute Romantics (with Cian McConn), curated by Paddy Johnson at Verge Gallery, and Magicality at Platform Gallery in Seattle. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo project at Twin Kittens Gallery in Atlanta.