Artist: Kristi Tristao Jensen
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist
Kristi Tristao Jensen is a local Los Angeles artist and an undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach. She is working towards her BFA degree in the School of Art’s Metals Program. She began with an interest in knitting and fiber art but for the past two years she has been focused on metals. She explains how she has always has this interest in seeing something and wanting to remake it herself. This has had an influence in her interest in art.
The different metals used in this exhibition are bronze, copper, vitreous enamel, sterling and fine silver. Some of the pieces in this exhibition were a vase, 3 pieces of metal each shaped differently with folds, and necklaces.
Through her show, we see what see means by wanting to reverse engineer an object and figure out how to fabricate it herself. She says that she does not like to buy things if she knows that she could have done it herself. Through this we see her creativity and independence. She explores new techniques and therefore expressing her interest in wanting to learn and her passion for wanting to dissect and recreate something.
Looking at the different pieces of art, I suddenly felt like I was at home. The pieces resembled things I have in my home, such as the vase. I think that’s what makes this exhibition so unique. The fact that it can be associated with every day life makes it related to many. The jewelry as well. Although Kristi said she doesn’t make jewelry to sell it, it is something we see on a daily basis and it is also art. I actually work with jewelry at my job and I have become fascinated with it. That made this show very enjoyable.