Natasha Jensen is a Calgary-based visual artist; curator and community advocate who champions engaging audiences and community in meaningful dialogue about social issues through art. Natasha graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing (with Distinction) and since 2014 has been developing a visual arts programming career at Arts Commons (formerly the EPCOR Centre for Performing Arts) as the Visual and Media Arts Specialist. At Arts Commons Natasha Jensen has curated and manages 5 exhibitions spaces, multiple art events that engage the community and works with over 200 local emerging and professional artists every year to develop exhibitions, projects, and educational curricula.
Since completing her undergraduate degree, she has continued to develop an interdisciplinary practice to include drawings, installations, site-specific projects and animations working with art organization like Swallow-A-Bicycle theatre, Quickdraw Animation Society, Stride Gallery, CASA Gallery and Old Trout Puppet Workshop. In 2016, she received the Chris J Melnychuk Memorial Scholarships for Emerging Animators at Quickdraw Animation Society in Calgary, Alberta where she’s been honing her skills as an animator.
In her artwork Natasha explores themes of gender, identity, sexuality, power, and class, evoking emotional and psychic resonance through exquisite craftsmanship in animation and gallery exhibitions. Jensen creates a world that entices whimsy and humor while presenting a conversation about contemporary feminist and social issues. The narrative that Jensen conveys in her interdisciplinary practice and experimental animations is the complexities of being an autonomous woman taking up physical, mental, and theoretical space in society.
When she’s not in her studio working on a new animation or exhibition she is usually found riding her bike along the Bow River with friends or playing with her temperamental cats Toby and Charlie.