Candace Jensen (Guest Artist)
Candace Jensen is a visual artist, writer and practicing Tantric. Her work focuses on deep-green query through symbol, myth and visual language, and she makes images and poem-essays that are informed by the histories and materials of painting, printmaking, bookmaking, Tantra painting, calligraphy and manuscript illumination. Jensen has exhibited and curated at venues in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Brooklyn, New York City, and Antwerp, Belgium. She currently collaborates on exhibitions and salons with Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and also with poets, artists and environmentalists in Vermont through letterpress, calligraphy, readings and direct actions. She loves using small lists within her writing, and is an enthusiastic over-user of em-dashes and hyperbolic adjectives.
While at Sable, Candace focused on reading, note-taking and sketching responses to ecological texts such as Donna Haraway's essay "Tentacular Thinking," and Bruno Latour's "Down to Earth." She contemplated dreamy vegetal landscapes and swam in the cold water of the White River, taught and practiced Tantric asana on the stage, and developed a wonderful new camp-ready sauce that is lemon and tahini based. There was a fine blending of green beings, cool waters and said tasty sauce. Originally from the Pocono Mountains in Northeast Pennsylvania, she has also lived in Philadelphia, Northern California and even briefly in Italy as a student. She earned her BFA at Tyler School of Art (’08) and her MFA in painting and printmaking at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (’18). She currently lives in Southeastern Vermont, and is in the beginning stages of establishing a residency retreat space for art, writing, regenerative gardening and alternative academics with a focus on deep green theory and practice. She forages for mushrooms frequently, hikes with her rescue dog, Skyebear, and occasionally breaks away from normal life for weeks at a time on self-supported bicycle tours with her husband.