The Present Tense first had the pleasure of showing Kristina Lenzi‘s work at the first Contaminate Festival. Lenzi created “Wrapping Paper” a disturbing, humorous, questionably erotic, and unseasonable (the festival took place well after Christmas had passed) piece.
Recently, Kristina Lenzi’s has been making performance work about fatal accidents.
In “Fatal Accidents” Lenzi uses string to attach a helium balloon to her left foot. She attaches a long string of small Tibetan bells with a fairly heavy rock attached to the end of the string on her right foot. The helium balloon bounces about in front of her face while she walks slowly, dragging the rock behind her, and carrying a palm-sized lit candle cupped in her hands. She enters through a front door and exits through a back door. Her mental focus is mindful of the candle flame and of the potential for fatal accidents.
Kristina Lenzi is a performance artist and painter living in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lenzi’s performance art work employs live action with painted images and often includes audience participation. Lenzi examines troubling current affairs such as war, anger, mental illness and the economy. She uses satire, athletic endeavors, meditation, various personae, painted images and symbolic materials to explore her content. Lenzi often draws from her personal experience, frequently referencing feminism, sexism, religious bigotry and her Utah upbringing.
Lenzi is an adjunct professor of drawing at the University of Utah and an adjunct professor of drawing, collage, performance art and color theory at Weber State University. Lenzi has presented her works in festivals and venues across the United States, including the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mobius in Boston, Waterloo Center for the Arts in Iowa, Performance Studies International at Brown University and New York University. Lenzi has acquired an international reputation with a performance in Warsaw, Poland. Lenzi is a 2008 Tanne Foundation Award recipient for her work in performance art. Lenzi holds a BFA degree in drawing and painting from the University of Utah and a MFA degree from Tufts University.