Wk 12- Artist Conversation- Jennifer Chen

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Artist: Jennifer Chen
Exhibition: Succession
Media: Digital Print and Print Making
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: None
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Jennifer Chen is a graduate student at CSULB. During her undergraduate, she majored in Biology. She is currently studying for her MFA in Print Making and is expected to graduate this Spring semester. Her plans after graduating is to teach. Next semester in Fall 2016, she is going to teach ART270 with Nora Ayala. She hopes that this class will have higher enrollment so that she could continue teaching it. The class involves non-toxic techniques and water basing.

She decided to get her MFA in Printmaking because she had a different interest. She tried to do something that would help her grow. Jennifer thinks that everything is sort of helpful and beneficial. She worked in small, midsize, and big corporation companies. They all helped people and revolved around health businesses. Her interest are observing things and she wants to work her ideas through art. Her inspiration are a lot of interests.

The materials she used were digital prints and masking. She used those to create a mono type style. None of her artworks are the same. She also used gloss to gloss and heavily applied her artworks to let it shine and have a 3 dimensional look. She used photo shop for her artworks and uses whatever camera she can to capture. Jennifer  also enjoys photography because she can capture microscopic and macroscopic images. For a large piece artwork, it takes her about a week. The large artworks are done in four sections and she has to work on each layer. It does not include separation, masking, and etc. Overall, the process really depends. One of her artwork is on campus, it was bar prints.

Her ideas explore succession. She compared her artworks to weeds, shrubs, and landscapes. She said that overtime, weeds turn into shrubs and there will be changes in landscape. Her artworks had a lot to do with landscape and our environment. She used Google’s public mapping service to capture her depiction of recent urban changes. She feels that our ecosystem is always changing and it tells our history.

Overall, I really enjoyed this art exhibition. I thought the 3 dimensional techniques she used was awesome. The images looked so nice and realistic. I hope she will be able to continue to teach ART270. The class seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m thinking about enrolling in that class if it fits into my schedule. I’m hoping to see more of her artworks in the future.(:




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