Artist: Kristi Tristao Jensen
Gallery: CSULB School Of Art, Werby- Gallery
Kristi Tristao Jensen is an undergraduate in her senior year at California State University, Long Beach. She is a talented artist in the metal program and looks forward to graduating. Jensen enjoys her craft and will continue creating pieces while working part- time after graduating. Kristi takes interest in art and dives into something whole-heartedly. This exhibition is her exploration of construction, deconstruction and metals.
Upon entering the exhibit beautiful necklaces line the back wall. There are several pieces in the middle of the room as well. The three pieces that caught my eye the most were “Fraternal”. They are three folded, copper pieces that looked to be bent or molded in various ways to sit on the stand. The pieces have beautiful organic curves and are a nice compliment to the stand on which they lay. Other pieces in the show include “Urchins”. These pieces have a bronze color over the top which bring out a lot of the tiny details.
I loved Kristi’s energy and could see and hear the love for what she does and creates. An interest in a book she found was the budding inspiration for her “Fraternal” pieces. This book included work done by an artist with the same folding technique. She explained to me that the three pieces were all created from the same size sheet of metal and folded in the same dimensions. What we see is the result of her just pulling the folds in various ways. “Urchins” was created the traditional way by using a wax to create a mold by using physical urchins. The wax would be melted away and then the metal would be poured in.
I really enjoyed this exhibition and felt that there was something that everyone could love in the show. The necklaces were my favorite and she mentioned that she would be selling some of them in the Holiday Sale at the galleries. I always find it fascinating hearing the different techniques metal working artist use to create the different pieces. There are pieces that take a lot of time and then you hear of those that have such a short process. Jensen’s pieces are lovely decorative items and I am glad to hear that she will be selling pieces that showcase her hard work.