Candace Jensen is a passionate environmentalist, visual artist and writer. Her ‘Gaia Illumination’ works are a chimera of printmaking, painting, drawing, calligraphy and bookmaking. They stem directly from her 2018 thesis project, an essay collection and visual body of work with the title “Aesthetics of the Felt World.”
Jensen’s work reflects her deep 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 oil paint and gold leaf, and many things in-between to make works that range in size from petite votive icons to wall-sized altarpieces. Many of her works explore a personal relationship and investment in the complexities of mystic painting and illuminated verse. She works at ‘seeking-the-between,’ or bridging, codified knowledge and fervent belief— both cerebral and sensual.
Candace Jensen was born and raised in rural Northeastern Pennsylvania. She earned a BFA at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and her MFAat the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, also in Philadelphia. She has also exhibited in New York City, Antwerp, Belgium and San Francisco, California. She has been a student practitioner of Tantra and Ayurveda since 2008, and holds a 500-hour teaching certification from Sri Yoga in San Francisco. She remains very active in her artistic and yogic communities on both coasts. Jensen lives, writes and creates in Southern Vermont with her husband and dog, and is currently focused on establishing a residency for visual artists and writers in rural New England, as she continues making work and exhibiting.