Wk12 – Artist Conversation – Jennifer Chen

Artist: Jennifer Chen

Exhibition: SUCCESSION

Media: Digital Print, Print Making

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: None

Instagram: None

The artist that I chose to have a conversation with this week was Jennifer Chen. Jennifer specializes in printmaking and digital printing. She is currently headed towards achieving her  masters in Fine Arts. In her work, she utilizes a masking technique after printing her images which gives her a different appeal and makes her work unique. She also uses photoshop as a tool to edit her images. But before deciding that art was her thing, Jennifer’s first interest was in the sciences, Biology.

Jennifer’s artwork consists of many pieces that seem to have a microscopic feel to them. You will notice that they seem to be over head of cities and populations. Most of her work is green due to all the trees in her images. I don’t think you can tell from the images above but her work tends to give off a glossy look to it, this is because Jennifer masks her artwork to give it a 3D look. Even on some of her images on the bottom left corner you can see it says “by Google”. It makes it seem like her artwork is basically a satellite picture overhead a certain place.

When asked why does she do the certain work that she provides to her viewers, the answer is to see how beautiful the world is and how it maintains itself. In other words, she mentioned that even though there are natural disasters that wound mother earth, in the end, the world will repair itself with time and come back similar to the way it was before. Which in a way makes sense as to why she does what she does and what she puts in her art. She has large pieces that require more time than the smaller ones because they involve more processes.

Overall, I enjoyed this gallery and so far its been my favorite. The reason is because I’m still in aw of how amazing her work is. The first time I walked in to the gallery I couldn’t believe that someone could actually paint such a thing but then realized it was a combination of printing and painting. I think that this kind of art is so unique and it certainly diversifies itself when comparing to other artists’ work.

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