Artist REILLY JENSEN is fascinated by machines. She is particularly interested in the old, used, obsolete “stuff” with a history inextricably tied to specific people. Separated from their owners, these mechanical remnants stay behind in mass graves, long forgotten in junk or scrap yards.
These scrap piles are the subject matter of the artist's new body of work. Salvage explores the elements of found objects, but morph between reality and imagination, organic and mechanical. As you look more closely, it becomes evident that intertwined among the mechanical "bones" are human and animal remains, hinting at the lives to which these machines were once tied. Jensen explores the similarities between the machine's finite usefulness and our own human mortality. Will these parts become a new entity and achieve a new use? Will we?
Reilly Jensen attended the University of Kansas where, under Roger Shimomura, she received her degree in drawing and printmaking. Currently, Jensen resides in Seattle where she has been exhibiting continuously since 2001.