I have been following Jennifer Korsen’s work for a few months after finding one of her
I love your paper hearts. Where did the concept to make these hearts come from?
Thank you! The hearts started as a series of three and kept growing and expanding from there. At this point I’ve made over 100 shadowboxes and I very rarely make a piece that doesn’t have a heart incorporated into it somewhere. The heart is a universal symbol, one that everyone can relate to and connect on at some level. I really love seeing people’s reaction when they find their house on one of the map hearts or another heart that they connect to for some reason. I’ve had people come up to me who have had heart surgery or other heart related issues and seeing their connection to the work and hearing their stories is really incredible.
Which version of the hearts is your favorite?
I have a few that are my favorite. There’s one I made using a photo of a tree stump that had “you are here” carved into it that I put on a background of real dried moss. That would probably be my favorite paper heart. Another favorite of mine that I’ve created are ones made from the vintage Disney maps which evoke a lot of memories for me. I also really love the wooden hearts that are three layer hearts made of wood with rusty nails and wooden ones that I put in old bird cages.
There was an amazing showing of your hearts back in February at Cobá in Downtown
The solo show came about in a pretty crazy way. I initially had one booked at a gallery that ended up closing so I was kind of scrambling. I realized that if I was going to do this it should probably coincide with Valentines Day, so I looked and looked to find a place on short notice. The people at Cobá were extremely receptive and supportive, but I didn’t actually have the show booked until a month before! I was cutting wood and cardboard like a madwoman all of January and gathering my hearts from various places and hoping for the best.
The feedback I received was really incredible, humbling, and validating. Especially at Artwalk, I was kind of overwhelmed. The gallery was packed and it was mostly people I didn’t know who had no clue that I was the artist which is when you get the most honest feedback. It was really amazing to kind of sit back and watch people I didn’t know respond to and interact with my work and to see their facial expressions and which hearts each individual was drawn to. It was really humbling to have strangers want to meet me to ask questions, discuss my work, take pictures and all that, but it is the best feeling to see such a positive response to something that I really put my everything into.
Are there any artists that you would like to collaborate with?
I love collaborating, and I am extremely lucky to know some truly incredible and talented artists. The LA art scene is pretty small for such a big city and I’m extremely fortunate that I’ve never had an artist I asked to collaborate with turn me down regardless of how well known or new to the scene they were. The hearts lend themselves to collaboration really well and I love seeing how other people incorporate them into what they do.
Are there any projects you are working on?
I just finished an art challenge for the city of
I have upcoming group shows in the next few months all over LA. I also have shows in
I have a resident space at the Hive Gallery in downtown LA and I am always working on things there. It has become my “art home,” a community and space that I am incredibly lucky and grateful to be a part of.
I also have a couple of street art installation projects and sketches for a wall that I am working on as well.
I have a tendency to overbook myself…
I love that you frequently leave your art pieces in different places for people to find. Where are a few spots you have left art so far?
I do scavenger hunts almost every weekend. I usually leave prints or painted bottles or spray cans in different places and post them on Instagram for people to find. I like to leave out the map hearts of whatever neighborhood I am in at the time as well as random other ones. I recently left about 10 of them around the Seattle airport and had a great time watching people walk by and look around, unsure if they should take them or not. I snapped a great photo of 3
Sometimes I install wooden hearts in high places, but those take a little more effort to get. I have done two on
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