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Malia Jensen

Landscape 05 (Ucross), 2016

Pen, pencil on vellum
25 1/2 × 20 1/2 in
64.8 × 52.1 cm
This is a unique work.
$1,200
Location
Portland
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About the work
Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Image rights
Image courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Malia Jensen
American, b. 1966
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Working deftly across mediums and materials, Malia Jensen uses animals as the primary protagonists for her sculptures, videos, photographs, and works on paper. With great attention to the formal qualities of each of the materials she uses—like bronze, ink, soap, and salt licks—Jensen creates beautiful works invested with human emotion, as she describes: “There’s a deep sadness in a lot of the work. It’s like finding a human condition in an animal parallel.” This condition is one of (unsatisfied) sexual desire, awkwardness, fragility, and peril. In Bathing Skunk (2000), for example, Jensen cast a skunk taking a bath out of soap. By bathing itself, the skunk negates its identity by masking its signature odor—a defeatist and, for Jensen, all-too-human act, suggestive of the pathos of self-effacement and the stinging experience of shame.

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About the work
Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Image rights
Image courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Malia Jensen
American, b. 1966
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Working deftly across mediums and materials, Malia Jensen uses animals as the primary protagonists for her sculptures, videos, photographs, and works on paper. With great attention to the formal qualities of each of the materials she uses—like bronze, ink, soap, and salt licks—Jensen creates beautiful works invested with human emotion, as she describes: “There’s a deep sadness in a lot of the work. It’s like finding a human condition in an animal parallel.” This condition is one of (unsatisfied) sexual desire, awkwardness, fragility, and peril. In Bathing Skunk (2000), for example, Jensen cast a skunk taking a bath out of soap. By bathing itself, the skunk negates its identity by masking its signature odor—a defeatist and, for Jensen, all-too-human act, suggestive of the pathos of self-effacement and the stinging experience of shame.

Malia Jensen

Landscape 05 (Ucross), 2016

Pen, pencil on vellum
25 1/2 × 20 1/2 in
64.8 × 52.1 cm
This is a unique work.
$1,200
Location
Portland
Have a question? Visit our help center.
Other works by Malia Jensen
Other works from Elizabeth Leach Gallery