Wk5 – Artist Conversation – Kristi Jenson

Artist: Kristi Jenson
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form a Single Entity
Media: Metal, copper, steal
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max I. Gatov Gallery East
Website: None
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whipperton/

This week i had the pleasure of experiencing the Art of Kristi Jenson.  Kristi is a student here at CSU Long Beach and plans to graduate in Fall 2016 studding metals.  She mainly uses metals to make her own jewelry.  She enjoys making her own jewelry however, she says that she almost never wears her own work.  She enjoys the chemistry portion of her work like mixing her own metals.

Kristi had a few pieces of arts on display at the gallery.  I have choose to focus on a necklace that she had done.  This necklace has steel that raps around the neck and a medallion on it.  The medallion is made from metals and includes the colors blue, green, and purple.  This necklace appears to be very smooth.  It does not have abrupt changes in direction or style.

The whole exhibit focuses on metal work and the fusion of metals with different materials.  Hence the name of the exhibit, Fuse.  This necklace shows the beauties of metals when they are mixed with different materials and formed together.  As an Engineering major, when I think of the metals that are used I instantly think what are the properties of this material and how is it used as a building material.  It is strange to see it used to make art and beautiful art at that.

I enjoyed this whole exhibit because it gave me a different perspective about materials that I deal with every week.  Weather it be doing deformation calculations, strength calculations, or design work.  It was amazing to me that these same materials can be made into wonderful pieces of art.


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