Kirsten Hassenfeld

Charm, mixed media 2002
Dollar Dreams, mixed media, 2002

Kirsten Hassenfeld lives and works in New York.  She studied at the University of Arizona, Tucson and the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. I absolutely love her work, as I’m drawn to most contemporary chandelier/large hanging installations in general, plus if it’s pastel and glows, I’m smitten. Her quiet translucent sculptures are made mostly with paper. They are stylized jewels strung like giant ornaments to make scenes from a ghostly fairy tale.  They remind me a little of the work of the wonderful Tim Horn (more on him later!) A little like sea creatures, a little like elaborate decorations expanded, I can see so many things in her work, it’s fascinating.

Dans la Lune (installation view), Mixed media, Commissioned by Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Texas/Photograph by Nash Baker, 2007
Untitled (Branch) detail- Dans la Lune, 2007
Untitled (Drop) detail- Dans la Lune, 2007

She also makes work with found objects and sometimes collaborates with her husband, Lee Boroson.  But it’s her patience with paper that impresses me most.

Star upon star - 2011 (from the exhibition "American Dreamers" Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze
Star upon star - 2011 (from the exhibition "American Dreamers" Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

There’s a lovely little interview with Kirsten on the Huffington post site from quite a while ago (2007) if you’re interested in reading a bit about how she works. I’m going to save up for this pink one.  Dreamy.

Pink cluster, paper, 2003

 

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