Week4 – Artist Conversation – Samuel Jernigan

Artist: Samuel Jernigan

Exhibition: Weight of Whimsey and Ideals

Media: Ceramics, Sculpture, Paint

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://cargocollective.com/samueljernigan

Instagram: @samueljenri



Samuel Jernigan grew up in the County of Fresno and comes from the Bay Area. He just recently graduated from CSULB in the Fall of 2015. Jernigan graduated with a BFA in ceramics. He likes to create his art work based on toys and cartoons. He feels that it is more fun than just presenting something that his audience will not really enjoy. What he enjoys doing is reading comics, playing the guitar, eating and what he enjoys the most is watching cartoons. He likes to work on different pieces at a time. His art is inspired by alienation and belonging. He said jokingly that his days start off with some Latte and end with a beer. Jernigan plans to continue his art work in a graduate program at UCLA if he gets accepted.

It was really interesting on the fact that most of his art work is made out from clay. I would of had not thought about what was actually used for him to paint his art work. He used spray paint, wood, paint and ceramics or as he said he would use anything he would find. Just the fact that all his art work pieces were 3D and really big caught my attention.

Most of Jernigan’s  art work has to do with childhood. He likes to make these to remind or have people think about how their childhood was. He also states that many people see this differently maybe on the fact that they did not have these things during their childhood. Most of these he says that are abandoned toys in which he gets and gives them a new life by making them better.

Overall, I think that as we all have different meanings to everything and see everything in different ways, Samuels work really inspired me. What I really liked is the fact that he said how most of these were abandoned toys and he created them into a beautiful piece of art through my eyes. This made me think of my childhood, when I would see that one of my toys did not work, I would try and fix it to make it look brand new again and look even better. As they say everyone has their own way of making their art, Jernigan’s really was my favorite.


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