Beginning in 2019, Oregon-based multidisciplinary artist, Malia Jensen, installed six carved salt-lick sculptures and eighteen motion-activated cameras across Oregon, monitoring the wildlife interactions and surrounding landscape for one year. Jensen will discuss the Nearer Nature Project and resulting six hour surveillance video, Worth Your Salt, and share related work and ideas.
Malia Jensen (b.1966, Honolulu, Hawaii) is a Portland-based artist known primarily for her work in sculpture and video. She is currently a 2021 Artist in Residence with GLEAN, reclaiming materials from Portland’s Metro Waste Transfer Station. She has been Artist in Residence at the Headland Center for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Yucca Valley Materials Lab and the Portland Garment Factory. Jensen has been a visiting artist at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Whitman College, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has mentored students at Oregon College of Arts and Crafts and Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Jensen’s work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the Northwest, including a 2002 exhibition, Animalia, at the Mesa Arts Center, and can be found in many public and private collections. Nearer Nature Project received support form the Creative Heights Initiative of the Oregon Community Foundation and engaged multiple locations across the state. Worth Your Salt was screened online in 2020 during a virtual residency with the Portland Art Museum and was recently added to the museum’s permanent collection. Jensen has a BFA, ’89, from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland and Cristin Tierney Gallery, NYC.
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University of Arizona Museum of Art & Archive of Visual Arts
1031 North Olive Road
Tucson, AZ 85721-0002