Elisa Jensen lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has received awards for her work from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The National Academy Museum, The American Academy of Arts and Letters and The Revson Foundation.
She has shown extensively in New York and in Europe including Edward Thorp Gallery, David & Schweitzer Contemporary, NY, John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY, Royal Danish Consulate General, NY, Sophienholm Museum, Denmark, Morsø Kunstforening, Denmark.
Her work has been reviewed and featured in Two Coats of Paint, Whitehot Magazine, Artinterviewsny.com, Artspeil, Hyperallergic, Artcritical.com, Artefuse.com, Tilted-arc.com, The New York Sun, New York Daily News, The Irish Echo, and The New York Times. Elisa graduated from Smith College and the New York Studio School. She currently teaches at the New York Studio School.
About the work:
I have been working with bird imagery for the past year, imagining the sensation of moving freely through the air, being untethered to the ground, in transition. I have felt this way in my own life, and now I find that this is the plight of the whole country as we shelter at home during the Covid 19 pandemic. I do see that there is the potential for hope, release and change. My initial inspiration in choosing the birds comes from my response to the raw power of the symbolic presence of birds and magical thinking in ancient Irish and Norse poetry. I use reflective paint in transparent veils of watery color, so the images change and shimmer in the light as you view them from different angles.