Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Jennifer Chen

Artist: Jennifer Chen
Exhibition: SUCCESSION
Media: Digital print, Print making
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: Artist does not have a website
Instagram: Artist does not have an Instagram

For this week’s artist conversation, I met Jennifer Chen. She is currently in her last semester working towards her Masters in Fine Arts in printmaking. Her undergrad major was in biology. She is interested in both art and science because she loves to observe things. She decided to do art now because she want to do something different and in another way. It gives her a way to reflect and provides her with an opportunity to talk about art. After graduating, she hopes to teach Art 270 to students. Jennifer has worked in corporations and small to medium sized businesses relating to health care.

The art exhibition had 11 different art pieces placed around the walls of the room. Some of pieces were colorful while others were black and white. Some of her paintings includes gloss because she wanted to give them a 3-dimensional look. Jennifer mentioned that the black and white pieces showed more of the microscopic images. She uses digital print from her Epson and does masking for stencils. Her art pieces were different sizes because she says that the scale is what she is trying to point to. She described her work as a monotype style. Jennifer also uses photography as a way to capture an image. Although she doesn’t know much about photography, she just uses it to get what she wants done.

Jennifer mentioned that she works through ideas with her art. Her artwork explores the ideas of succession. She said whether there’s a fire or a flood, overtime there is changes from weeds to grown trees. The landscape basically changes. By looking at the microscopic view with interface, you can see the tree bark and landscape. She likes to look at the different sites whether they are historic, monuments, and landscapes. Her ideas and exploration of landscapes is portrayed deeply in her artwork. Her large art pieces would take about a week to complete because they are done in four different sections. She would have to wait for the pieces to dry before starting a new section.

I enjoyed looking around at the art pieces made by Jennifer. When I first came in, I didn’t know what the paintings were related to, but after talking to her I actually saw more of the meaning behind them. I really liked the colorful pieces because I thought they were eye catching. I personally love looking at sceneries. I never actually been to a really nice place with an amazing view, however I hope to one day. I always heard about them and have only seen them through pictures online or in movies. Looking at Jennifer’s artwork reminded me of what I have always wanted to do and I am glad that I went to her exhibition.


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