Artist Exchange: Heidi Jensen
Viewing our exhibits is free because of the generosity of Horicon Bank. This event was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
An artist exchange talk will begin at 7:30 pm on Friday, June 25 with a Q&A about her exhibition: Everything Is For You Until You Are For It. You’ll have the chance to meet the artist and learn about her work and ask questions. You may attend in-person or via Zoom.
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Meeting ID: 857 8649 4343
Exhibition will be on display from June 24 – August 7, 2021.
Heidi Jensen has a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has won numerous awards for her unique artistic style.
“A thread running throughout my work is confusion of the animate and inanimate, an approach to form leading back to the Surrealists. We seek to establish order by creating taxonomies and groupings, fixing things in place. Yet, forces such as desire can destabilize and upend systems and classifications, resulting in new configurations. Circulating in this work are meditations on states of transformation and the gendered nature of material culture. The drawings begin with a compelling object, like André Breton’s slipper spoon, chosen from an array of objects at a Paris flea market.
Buddhist teachings on desire and anger inform these drawings; there is tension between these ideas and the beauty of the object, whether it is a 17th century linen millstone ruff from the collection of the Rijksmuseum or an inexpensive plastic and microfiber duster found at a local grocery store. These anthropomorphic forms hover between the male and female, they contain tongue-in-cheek references to physical anatomy. The brushes and dusters fight off constricting, beautifying ruffles and mingle with the dust and grime of this world.
Narrative is at play throughout this work, in the transformation of objects or in their actions. They burst into flames, scatter bones, extrude other forms, molt. The title of the exhibition is taken from Don Marquis’ the robin and the worm, in which a worm is eaten by a robin and changes form, mingling with the being that consumed it. Objects may appear inert to our swiftly roving eyes, but they act on and provoke us. They are in slow states of change, acquiring patinas and eroding, casting off parts and gathering dust, becoming lost and found.” -Heidi Jensen
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