Week 12 – Artist Conversation – Jennifer Chen

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Artist: Jennifer Chen

Exhibition: Succession

Media: Digital Printmaking/Ink

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: None

Instagram: None

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jennifer is a School of Arts graduate in printmaking. She as well has an undergraduate degree in biology. Her art pieces as she mentioned are a part of mixture of art and science since those two are her majors. She will be teaching a class in the fall semester which will be Art 270, in which this class will be a class in which students will be able to do work at home.

FORMAL ANALYSIS: Chen’s work varies in different sizes and different landscapes. What she utilizes are google maps and then uses paint in some parts of the printmaking to give it a 3D look. She explained on how her larger pieces usually tend to take up to a week to get it dry and then add the paint over it.

CONTENT ANALYSIS: Her main work is based upon the world around us. Her exhibit was named “SUCCESSION” because as she mentioned in the paper she wrote that succession is based on the equilibrium the world around us has based on its ups and downs. She has printed views of freeways in which she included trees between them. The reason for this was because she said how by us cutting them down, we are ruining our ecosystem.

SYNTHESIS/MY EXPERIENCE: Overall, I really enjoyed Jennifer Chen’s work. I had actually never seen someone who did their art by  using google maps and then in a way give them a sort of life by painting over them. This exhibit made me think on how life has changed over time. On how we have changed our whole ecosystem with all these buildings and highways.

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