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Malia Jensen

What's What, 2018

Ceramic
9 × 21 1/2 × 21 in
22.9 × 54.6 × 53.3 cm
This is a unique work.
$16,000
location
Portland
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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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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

What's What, 2018

Ceramic
9 × 21 1/2 × 21 in
22.9 × 54.6 × 53.3 cm
This is a unique work.
$16,000
location
Portland
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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