MALIA JENSEN Malia Jensen (Ucross, 2016) spent her formative years in rural Oregon surrounded by artists and craftspeople, her parents among them, who arrived there fueled by the back-to-the-land ethos of the 70s. Her work examines a rich narrative of situations and relationships with a visual language that combines conceptual bite with beauty and humor. Best known for her sculpture, she has also worked extensively with photography and video. Her work has been exhibited widely in the Northwest and nationally, including at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, PDX Contemporary Art, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR; Richard Gray Gallery and Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, NY; and Marian Goodman Gallery, London, UK. Jensen is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR and by Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL. She has a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. “Working in a clean, open space without reliance on familiar tools and the detritus of old work was invigorating. This experience will remain with me. It is as though I’ve added a room onto my house; a new place for my mind to return to. The landscape was both familiar and strange; the craggy trees, the subtle but intense colors, the rocks with an apparent language all their own, the vastness of the mountains, and of course all the birds and animals. I’ve always used nature as a creative foil and it was like speaking a native language but with a fresh accent.” Above: Chopping Pillow, 2008, Carved maple chopping block, 14” x 24” x 19” Right: Perfect Circle, 2012, Ceramic, 2” x 24” x 24”