Week 12 – Artist Conversation – Jennifer Chen

Artist: Jennifer Chen
Exhibition: Succession
Media: Digital Printmaking/Painting
Gallery: Gatov-West
Website: none
Instagram:  none

This week I got to meet Jennifer Chen who is in her graduating semester in the master’s program at the School of Art, here at CSULB. She specializes in digital printmaking and painting, and she uses a sort of masking technique that she utilizes after printing images which she has edited using photoshop. She plans on teaching Art 270 next semester which is “Intro to Digital Printmaking.”

On my initial observation, I saw that all of these artworks are warped scenes of zoomed in google images. Jennifer seems to have implemented the use of paint to make certain parts of each scene to stand out a bit more. The images of the scenery are warped, kind of like the image you get when you are in the middle of zooming in on Google Maps. She uses color really well to achieve this effect! Some of the other works include copies of vandalism that she found around town. There are defined scratches that depict the wear of the surface.

Jennifer did her undergraduate degree in Biology and this art exhibit is sort of an attribution to her studies in biology. Succession is meant to recognize the changes that occur in an environment. For example, after a flood or a fire, the environment that is barren is then succeeded by the return of life. Her pieces depict that in her use of the paint that mark special areas of the scenery that symbolize the foundation of succession. She also wanted to encourage the idea of different perspective on environment. Where one sees dirt and wilderness, another might see beauty and peace.

Overall, I like the concept that Jennifer wanted to implement in this exhibition. Her form of art is definitely unorthodox in my opinion, but I do like that it is different because being different adds variety to the solidarity in art!





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