Malia Jensen

Juxtaposing raw and seductive materials and deploying metaphor, technical skill, and a dark sense of humor, Malia Jensen (b. 1966, Honolulu, HI) transforms familiar forms and subjects into poignant reflections on the human condition. Her diverse studio practice is informed by an interest in natural cycles and the fragility of the constructed systems we use to navigate the world. Jensen's work has been broadly exhibited at The Schneider Museum of Art (Ashland, OR), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland, OR), Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA), New Museum (New York, NY), Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (Milwaukee, WI), Holter Museum of Art (Helena, MT), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), and Mesa Arts Center (Mesa, AZ). She has been an Artist in Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (Captiva, FL), Ucross Foundation (Clearmont, WY), Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), and the Portland Garment Factory (Portland, OR); and a visiting artist and speaker at Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA), Southern Oregon University (Ashland, OR) Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR), Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA). She has completed several public commissions in the Northwestern United States, and her work is held in numerous public and private collections. Jensen lives and works in Portland, OR.


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Malia Jensen — Nearer Nature: Worth Your Salt April Baer, OPB
October 31, 2019
Observant By Nature: A Conversation with Malia Jensen Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, Sculpture Magazine
July/August 2019
NYC Gallery Scene – Highlights Through September 9, 2018 Genevieve Kotz, Hamptons Art Hub
September 4, 2018
Editors’ Picks: 17 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week Sarah Cascone, Artnet News
July 16, 2018
Malia Jensen's Homeward Journey April Baer, Oregon Public Broadcasting
October 7, 2016
Malia Jensen's Sculptures of Sensory Longing Stacy Dacheux, Beautiful/Decay
June 7, 2013
Thinking Through Objects Polly Ullrich, Sculpture
October 2009
Ingenuity trumps cohesion in Malia Jensen exhibit Chas Bowie, The Oregonian
August 28, 2009
Opposites attractive and intriguing in Jensen's hands Margaret Hawkins, The Chicago Sun-Times
December 26, 2008
Interview with Malia Jensen Abraham Ritchie, ArtSlant
December 2008
Malia Jensen Lois Allan, Sculpture
November 2006
Malia Jensen Jon Raymond, Artforum
September 2006
Malia Jensen Stuart Horodner, Sculpture
December 2001
Malia Jensen Jon Raymond, Plazm