The focus of my art making lies in the discarded photo albums I find at flea markets. Working intensively with collections of photographs (of families or groups of friends) for extended periods of time, I investigate and research the details of individual snapshots gradually getting to know the persons depicted.
In my paintings of oil I attempt to rediscover and resurrect the people in these forgotten photos-- hints of personalities and expressions of intimacy that hide in the found photos. My paintings zoom in on the photo’s details recording the subtleties --the touch of hands, a loving gaze.
My current painting project "The Blue Screen Series," references photos I found on the wall of a Miami Pizzeria. For this series I am making paintings and a large installation.
Diana Jensen was born in Frankfurt Germany and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Currently based in Brooklyn she makes painting installations that reference found photographs from the 1970s and ‘80s.
Jensen has work in an upcoming exhibition in Havana, Cuba opening April 2 at the Galleria Belykis Ayon en el Centro de Artes Experimentales
Jensen’s paintings have been exhibited widely including such venues as:
Heskin Contemporary, NYC; Korjaamo Galleria, Helsinki, Finland; SafeTGallery,
Brooklyn, White Columns, NYC; Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco;
Artemisia Gallery in Chicago; The Newark Museum and The Islip Art Museum,
She received her MFA from Northwestern University. Additionally, she has been awarded residencies at, Skowhegan; The Macdowell Colony; The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn; Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin.