You might think that modelling is a full time job, especially when you’re as successful as Kassandra Jensen. But remarkably, this 28-year-old who has made Berlin her home, hailing from the suburbs of Seattle, still finds time on the side to dedicate herself to her art.
One of the many interesting people that starred in our current Neubau Eyewear Lookbook, we got talking to Kassandra about red wine and painting.
If you had to describe yourself to someone you don’t know, what would you say?
Loving and cozy.
How would you describe your art?
Musical and vibrant.
How did you start making art?
Just from a desire for a fresh change, a new outlook. It started one day, I sat down at the table with my coffee and just said, “I am going to start painting.” I really had no idea or picture of what that meant. It snowballed from there.
How did you get into modelling?
I always wanted to model growing up. Being so tall, it was something that everyone seemed to bring up. So one day my Mom and I went into an agency in Seattle and that’s when it began. It stayed pretty random and on and off until moving to Berlin where it kind of unfolded into my full time passion and job.
One theme/experience that is always with you and shows in your art?
Music! Without a doubt.
What inspires you?
Film, people, travel, art, music… It’s an endless list. You never really know what will inspire you until you are hit with it. I tend to seek out inspiration in some way every day before working in my studio. I will sit down with some coffee and look over archives from my favourite painters, film stills, designs and photographs. Anything that creates a fitting mood and gives you a base of creative energy. A feeling you are inspired by.
Is fashion art?
Yes, completely. Fashion is inspired by art and is art in itself. It’s a cycle that feeds itself. It’s art on a really pure and simple level. Everything that helps you feel yourself, and express your view of the world.
What fascinates you about modelling?
Every day is completely different. Of course there is an over all trend that shifts and grows at the same time, but still to meet so many different people with different views and taste. It’s something you never really ever get to know completely.
What does a perfect Sunday look like to you?
Coffee, time in bed in a robe and reading the news. A walk to some galleries, making art, early evening wine with friends and a home cooked meal!
One of your personality traits that would surprise other people?
I can be very introverted.
If you could chose three people dead or alive for a dinner party who would you invite?
Helen Frankenthaler, Bill Murray and Nick Cave.
If you could live anywhere – where would you chose to be?
Three things that are always in your bag?
Lip balm, phone charger and a small bottle of coconut perfume oil.
What do you do to relax?
Paint and drink red wine.
All images by Bruna Kazinoti