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NYSS Instructor Elisa Jensen reviewed in Whitehot Magazine
May 16, 2018 · Faculty
“Jensen’s paintings tend to be on the smaller side and are often darkly illuminated. Again, they point to her otherworldly bent. Cosmic Egg, Fair Wheel (2018) presents a whorl of green lines, spiraling in space. The title refers to cosmic elements in Nordic mythology; the fair wheel is a kenning, or poetic compound word, for the sun, found in the poetic Eddas, which are medieval Icelandic lyric writings. The work’s literary origins seem distant to the image, though. Here Jensen’s mysticism carries well as imagery alone. The eye is drawn into and over the coil of green tubular forms, interwoven with bracelet-like imagery. One senses the picture as a central mythic device, meant to embody a deep-seated concentration of energies, solar and other. Viking (2017) is quite small: six inches square. But it communicates a highly concentrated spiritual emanation in its pattern of linked lines and circles, and also dots, painted black on an orange ground. Shield-like in its presence, Viking refers to a time when decoration played a large role in cultural practice.” – Jonathan Goodman
Read the full article in Whitehot Magazine.