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About the Artist: Anna Jensen

"My paintings are psychological landscapes and emotionally complex narratives. I combine references to art history, pop culture, natural science and personal chronicles to represent the conflicts of life. The titles are important elements. Like me the stories are at once funny and sad."
-Anna Jensen

Thoughts from comrades:
"Anna Jensen's paintings are a synthesis of classical and abstract figuration. Her body of work is inspired by moments of both trauma and exaltation. They are the fruit of years of rigorous and concerted research conducted in her home of the American South. With immense drive and rare sensitivity, Anna demonstrates the power of an individual to prevail through challenges and difficulty through creative transfiguration. Adorned with rigid masks and psychologically rich themes, these entirely personal and individual works take us on a journey through childhood, daily violence and action scenes.  Her skillful combination of abstract and graphic art is reminiscent of France’s own “Figuration Narrative” a movement from the 60s and 70s, which was a reaction to English and American Pop Art. Jensen explains: "The more personal art is, the more universal". This unassuming yet genuine formula allows me to understand why I love her work and why I’m hooked on it."
-Dimitri Yin, artist/curator

"When you've suffered unspeakable transgressions as a young person, struggled with serious addiction and self-destructive issues, as well as the sudden loss of a parent, that's gotta destroy your faith in the world around you, and violate your attitude toward the world inside you. Even if you were to grow into the most hateful person, you would be deserving of everyone's love and compassion. But instead, if you can somehow heroically survive it, become a kind person who can reflect on your own suffering, and do things to express your sympathy for others who have suffered--you are worthy of our worship.

The first time I saw Anna Jensen's work, I was intrigued by the psychological tension therein. I didn't know what, but these paintings were definitely about something. When I met her in person, I felt a bit put off by what I perceived to be her guarded demeanor--that was a big mistake on my part. As I began to see more of her work, I felt an artistic kinship--like me, Anna packs her canvas with a circus of fun stuff, and gives painstaking obsession to details that would likely never be appreciated or noticed. My sense of affinity did not end there. I saw that, behind the disarming atmosphere of fun, humor, self-obsession, and sexuality, there was deep pain, a pure desire for love, and a tenderness for all earthlings (as is so heartbreakingly plaintive in her little birds). I had to get to know Anna better as a person.

As with her art, behind Anna's guarded facade, I quickly found a sweet, delightful human being, but one who has suffered deeply, and who fights everyday to turn her suffering into art, therein seeking catharsis which, she hopes may help others heal. My own wounds have certainly found comfort and encouragement in her work. I don't think worship is too big a word to describe what I feel for Anna and her art."
-Taiyo LaPaix, artist/curator