Candace Jensen is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer, printmaker, calligrapher and activist committed to realizing a culture profoundly informed by deep ecology. Jensen uses hand-made inks, gold leaf, print and painting media to create visual essays, which expand calligraphic illumination’s traditional cultural reliquary beyond that of anthropocentrism. Greatly influenced by Lovelock's Gaia Theory and interdependence principles, her work asserts through mythic and symbolic language that Earth herself is worthy of the gilded, decorated Capital.
Exhibitions and Events
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT
Opening Saturday, June 12th from 2 - 4 pm
The show will feature a selection of my Gaia Illuminations, works on paper in the tradition of calligraphic book arts which focus on an environmentalism grounded in interdependence.
I will also be giving an artist talk on Sunday, July 18th at 1:30pm, and you can register online at SVAC.org
It's been over fifty years since humans left Earth and collectively looked back at the illuminated blue marble floating in space. How has our understanding of Gaia and the Cosmos evolved since then, and what does it mean to be here on now on planet Earth? In this Zoom Dialogue, we considered our human relationship with space while exploring the implications of mining off the earth for resources, as well as the cosmological considerations of seeking out other forms of life in the universe.
Iterant Mag Risograph Broadsides designed by Candace Jensen and featuring unique poetry from the Issues. All proceeds benefit Ruth Stone House programming and Iterant publishing.
Against the Anthropocene, Gaia Illumination -Words by TJ Demos- ink, shellac, gold leaf, graphite, turmeric, gouache and watercolor on Clairefontaine paper. Diptych of (2) 9.5” x 12” pages, 2019. Private collection.
detail the Grief Circle, Gaia Illumination, ink, gouache, gold leaf, goldenrod & acorn ink, and watercolor on Arches paper. 48" x 60", 2019. To be included in the Terrestrial Texts exhibition at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Vt in June and July, 2021.
detail the Declaration of Interdependence, Gaia Illumination, ink, gouache, gold leaf, graphite, goldenrod ink, and watercolor on Arches paper. 48" x 60", 2019.
I recently became a listed directory member of EcoArtSpace!
Looking forward to collaborating, sharing and learning more from this valuable community focused on the important intersection of arts and ecology and environmental issues
Putney Library Poetry Chapbook
Summer 2020 - Fall 2021
Letterpress publication produced for the Putney Public Library in collaboration with 18 regional and far-flung, incredible poets, library staff and writer-in-residence Michelle Blake. The chapbook is being hand-set and hand printed on letterpress at the Ruth Stone House in collaboration with the organization.
Currently accepting submissions for future issues, visual art features, poetry comics, and poems poems poems! Email Candace at Candace (at) RuthStoneHouse (dot) org or head straight to the submissions page!
Forthcoming & Upcoming
Artwork & poems for the Cambridge Writer's Workshop's newest forthcoming anthology! More TBA soon.
I am thrilled to have been accepted to The Arctic Circle Residency Fall 2020 Expedition, the Art & Science Expedition. I will join a cohort of artists, writers, musicians and scientists aboard a barquentine ice-class sailing ship for a residency that begins in Svalbard off the coast of Norway. This is a dream residency for me, and I am over the moon to be invited to attend. I will be focusing on my calligraphic illuminations, hopefully under the illuminated skies of the aurora borealis, amidst the terrifying and beautiful world of sea and ice in the Arctic circle.
Past Events & Press
Mary Gagler and the Artist via Facebook Live and Zoom.
as well as conversation with the artist.
December 2019 - January 2020
Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catherine Street, Philadelphia, PA
January 2019 - Summer 2019
The Print Center
1614 Latimer Street
April / May 2018
KoMASK 2017 Masters Printmaking Salon, in the “Lange Zaal” of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
Here is the Online Catalog! Check me and my colleagues out on page 61-68.
Pictured here is the 'Sublime Liturgical Zine' collaboratively designed by Sam Jones and I. We were inspired by early 20th century Spiritualism and Psychic flyers. Distributed freely at A SUBLIME SALON: In Conversation with artist Sam Jones' solo exhibition‘Perpetual Becoming’, Amos Eno Gallery, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY on March 22, 2019.