Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Jennifer Chen

Artist: Jennifer Chen
Exhibition: SUCCESSION
Media: Digital print, Print making
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: Does not have a website
Instagram: Does not have a website

For this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure to meet with Jennifer Chen.  Jennifer is currently attending CSULB completing her last semester to obtain her masters in Fine Arts with emphasis on printmaking. Although she is majoring in Fine Arts, Jennifer’s first interest was in biology.She uses a sort of masking technique that she utilizes after printing images which she has edited using photoshop. From looking at these photos from a distance you can almost say it looks as if she really painted it.

Jennifer’s art exhibition consists of eleven different yet somewhat similar artwork.  Some of her artwork have color which is mainly green since there are mainly trees in her artwork.  While some of her artwork consists of black and white.  I had asked her why some of her artwork is black and white and she had said that they showed more of microscopic images. Also, some of Jennifer’s artwork may look glossy and this is because she wanted to give it more of a 3 Dimensional look. She said that she prints these images on her Epson pinter, then adds the masking for stencils later.  She claims that she does not know much of photography, however her art work speaks otherwise in my opinion.

Jennifer said her artwork ideas of succession, she says that this is her inspiration for making these artworks.  Jennifer said that whether there is a fire, flood, earthquake, or  what ever disaster may occur that the world would end up repairing itself, that the world will always come back to the way it was before hand. Well not exactly the way it was before but healthy in a sense. Her large art pieces would take about a week to complete because they are done in four different sections. She would have to wait for the pieces to dry before starting a new section.

Overall, I really enjoyed viewing Jennifer’s art.  At first when I arrived I had said to myself “No way she painted all of that in that great detail.”, but obviously I went up close to find out that it was printed and she had just added a couple things to it.  It was something new for me to see. Her artwork in my opinion, is very unique, I had never seen artwork like this before and I did actually end up liking it.


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