Awagami Paper Award Winner
Candace Jensen (b.1986; lives in Putney, VT) earned a BFA in Painting at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, 2008, and her MFAin Painting and Printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 2018, both Philadelphia. In 2015, Candace completed Core Certification programs in both Bookbinding and Letterpress at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Jensen is currently an artist member at Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn. She has exhibited New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco as well as in Antwerp, Belgium.
Statement from the Artist:
Candace Jensen is a passionate environmentalist, visual artist and writer. Her “Gaia Illumination” works are a chimera of multiple printmaking processes, painting, drawing, calligraphy and bookmaking. Jensen’s work reflects her holistic interest in the crisis of myth, nature, magic and the animal body as well as her study and practice of esoteric and somatic arts. She uses old coffee grounds and herbs, traditional oils, ink and gold leaf, to make works that range in size from petite votive icons to wall-sized altarpieces. Many of her works explore the complexities of mystic painting and illuminated verse. She works at ‘seeking-the-between,’ bridging codified knowledge and sensate experience.