Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mimi Jensen at Hespe Gallery

Hespe Gallery presents new still life paintings by Mimi Jensen beginning May 2 through June 1, 2013.  A reception will be held on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Mimi Jensen is a hyperrealist still life artist. She paints scenes that she has carefully constructed as analogs to actors on a stage. Much like actors, the objects communicate meaning through their individual presence and through their relationship to other objects in the scene. Her compositional style places the objects on the same plane without depicting one as superior to another. Reflection plays an incredibly important role in Jensen’s works, revealing portions of each scene that would typically have been concealed, a technique often utilized in Dutch still life. Through reflection, the objects transcend their basic nature and become communicative vessels for Jensen’s personal world. Just as she draws from still life technique, Jensen overtly pays homage to artists with significant personal influence on her, often including a postcard of their work or a stack of art books. Before and among such influential works, the objects which Jensen takes the most pleasure in painting are some of her favorite things: a martini, a tiffany box, a classic novel. The symbolic reward of these objects reminds us that all things in life are worthy of appreciation, and even the seemingly mundane objects in our world are worth celebrating.