Wk 12 – Artist Conversation

Artist: Jennifer Chen

Exhibition: SUCCESSION

Media: Printmaking and Ink

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

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Jennifer Chen is a Graduate form the  School of Arts Printmaking. She got her undergraduate degree as A Biology major and decided she would look into painting. She had many interest but couldn’t decide what she wanted to share with us. Jennifer told us that her art work is both science and art related by her different backgrounds in both majors. She also told us that she will be teaching a  class in the fall which is Art 270 that is non-toxic techniques. Jennifer explained to us that the class is gonna be based on things you do at home.

Jennifer Chen’s work is different sizes of printmaking. Jennifer told us that the large one takes about a week without separation to complete because the paintings have to dry before she is able to continue to add to the rest. She said its close to painting because you have to let it dry but not exactly the same. She is trying to get our attention by the work and quality that she does. I really  believe that these pieces were different and made a great connection. All of her pieces were shaped as rectangles or squares because they were printmaking. All of her pieces are different by either having close ups or giving pictures in a birds eye view of a freeway.

All of Jennifer Chen’s pieces are all about nature somehow. The reason why her exhibit was called Succession was due to the equilibrium the ecosystem has throughout all the ups and downs. She wanted to show  us through her work that ecosystems have been around a long time while the city of Los Angeles has been here for a while. She likes to make art with nature of trees, she believes trees are signs of human intention and we should always consider that they were living before we were. He art pieces are trying to show that we are taking over and wants us to respect the ecology of what the planet has to offer for us to live.

This week’s artist conversation was diffrent kind of learning about the different views on nature. I felt like she kept on stuttering because she was nervous. After most of us left she was saying how nervous she was because she didn’t like the fact that they were many cell phones on her face. I respect all aspects of that because I would not like it either. Throughout the art gallery, I liked her art work and I can also relate to her work only because I enjoy nature and I find it very relaxing. Looking at nature brings a good vibe for me.


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