WK 12- Artist Conversation-Jenifer Chen

Artist: Jennifer Chen

Exhibition:  SUCCESSION

Media: Printmaking and Digital Prints

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: N/A

Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Overall, I thought Jenifer was just a really cool person. She received her undergraduates degree in biology, but ended up deciding to pursue a master in fine arts. I think it takes a lot of courage to make a lifestyle change like that. The salaries coupled with a biology major are most likely much larger then of one with a master of the fine arts. It’s really courageous that she followed her heart and was kind of reassuring to me. Outside of art she is still very interested in science. She said a lot of artwork kind of blends her love of both science and art by focusing on succession. This an ecological term describing how a landscape changes over time. After graduation she could see herself working as an art professor here at CSULB.

Formal Analysis

Jenifer’s work is all photographs. Some are prints and some are digital prints.It’s mostly landscapes in color, but one of her pieces has pink accents. All of her pieces are taken from an aerial perspective and two of them include roads.

Content Analysis

To be honest, I didn’t really see the connection of science in her pictures. The only really abstract one I feel like it could maybe apply to is the piece with the pink accents.However, I’m not always the best with seeing things abstractly in art. I think the prospective in her prints were pretty cool. I like how it encompassed so much of the landscape and how the roads were kind of the center of attention

Synthesis

I have a lot of respect for Jenifer and the courage it took to find a career that encompassed both her passions. In this day and age I think a lot of people sell out to what’s easy or where the most jobs are. It was really encouraging to see that she had both and was happy.

 

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