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


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.



Week 12- Classmate Conversation- Jayson Fields

This week I got to get to know Jayson Fields better. I really enjoyed getting to know him better and let’s just take a moment to appreciate how awesome his name is. It sounds like something out of a movie or spy name. I don’t know I just think it’s cool. Anyways, Jayson is from Buena Park. He likes it there because he’s close to all his friends and family. There’s nothing he doesn’t really like about where he’s from. If he had to choose anything to change it would be the 25 minute drive to school every day. He’s a kinesiology major with an option in athletic training. He picked this major because he’s been playing sports his whole life and has had a lot of injuries. He was inspired by this and wanted to learn to treat sports injuries and help other athletes which is super cool. His favorite thing about CSULB is the campus because of it’s openness and all the different places to relax and hang out with friends. In his free time he plays volleyball and hangs out with friends. His favorite movie is The Longest Yard because he’s a big Adam Sandler fan. I love Adam Sandler and had never heard of this movie so I’ll have to check it out. If he could be any animal he would be an eagle because he’d be able to fly and travel wherever he wanted to.



Week 11- Activity- Turning Pages

Personally I thought this was a fantastic idea for an art experience. I think in this modern age it is so easy to be caught up in technology and so many people, especially young people lose sight of just living in each moment.We are constantly caught up in our phones texting, using some irrelevant app, or reading an even more irrelevant article off Facebook. I thought it was cool that the activity incorporated books. I feel like while technology has taken off books have been declining in popularity which is sad. I’ve always loved getting caught up in a good book and lost in the story. I don’t have time to do that anymore, but people have lost sight of the entertainment one can find from books. I thought it was a bit awkward sitting with children books, but at the same time it brings you back to much simpler times. I feel the same way when I’m at Disneyland.

The book store was interesting as well. The book store always seemed like it had a  pointless name to me. It’s not really a store just for books. It has textbooks that are sold to students for a ridiculous price that students have to buy and a bunch of apparel to represent the university. I think the university would be much better off promoting books with adventurous and thrilling story lines then a bunch of sweatshirts and shirts. Maybe thats just me though. I really enjoyed this activity overall. I feel like it’s way more valuable to live in the moment rather than to document everything with pictures or social media. There is so much more to gain from just being fully aware of your surroundings.


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Wk 10- Artist Conversation- Helen Werner Cox

Artist:Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition:Silent Screams

Media:pastels, oil paint, prints

Gallery:CSULB School Of Art, Gatov Gallery West


Instagram:no instagram

About the Artist

Helen is working in the drawing and painting program in the figurative tract program. This show was part of completing her MFA.She used to be a teacher in Boston for high school and middle school before she went back to school for art.She moved to California because she was sick of the cold and snow.

Formal Analysis

This exhibit was inspired by carousels and how they relate to our society. I like how all the colors in her work blend together and is very continuous, much like a carousel. Line work is the base for shading and bright pastels highlight the main features of the paintings.

Content Analysis

Helen liked carousels and wanted to make this painting as a metaphor for adults and how they continue to make the same mistakes over again while doing nothing to fix it.Instead of adults she used horses because they were once necessary in our society, but are no longer really useful except as pets. I thought her thought process was very interesting and wasn’t as out there as some of the other artists we talked to.


Personally I found how the way this exhibit related to carousels was really intriguing. On the show Grey’s Anatomy the phrase “the carousel never stops turning” is used as a metaphor for adulthood and that’s always intrigued me. It was really interesting to see how this same concept carried over into Helen’s art.



Wk 10- Art Experience- Instagram

I noticed a lot of classmates posted on campus about what they were doing in class. This seemed like a community of some sort. I posted pictures from a trip to Disney from earlier in the week because I was pretty sick still on Thursday and I felt pretty gross. This art experience inspired me to keep this second instagram for pictures I take at Disney. I take a lot of pictures there, but I never post more than one on my normal instagram. I always feel like people would judge me. So I have dubbed my new instagram JamieLostInDisney and if you want to check out some of the pictures I take, follow me!


Wk 10- Classmate Conversation- Breezy Hastie

This week I had the pleasure of getting to know Breezy. A lot of my mutual friends knew her already so it was really cool to get the chance to talk to her more.She is from Orange County and is a fashion merchandising major. She was originally marketing until she found out it was really fashion she wanted to be involved in directly. She’s in Delta Gamma and absolutely loves it. Her favorite thing about Long Beach is being able to go to the beach and see her parents and the mountains all in the same day. In her spare time she likes to craft and over spring break she is only working. She’s really excited for Stagecoach (like me ). If she could be any animal she would be a pig because she thinks they’re really cute.


Wk9- Artist Conversation- Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Artist:Sean Joy

Exhibition:All Work All Play

Media:copper and silver(metals)

Gallery:CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Website:no website

Instagram:personal instagram only, no art instagram

About the Artist

Sean Joy was very excited as this is her first art show. She is in the CSULB school of Metal Art’s metal program and is in the process of completing her BFA.Sean calls LA home but was lucky enough to dorm for 2 years here in Long Beach. When she’s not working on her art work, she’s gaming or looking for cats. When she is working on her artwork, she really likes to experiment and be active. Sean originally came in as a creative writing major then switched to studio arts and finally ended up at metal arts. She didn’t know there was a program that existed like it.

Formal Analysis

All the media is made up of metals like silver and copper. All of Sean’s pieces are extremely unique and all seem to have extremely smooth edges with interesting lines accenting all of her pieces.There was no additional color added so all of her work is the color of silver and copper.

Content Analysis

Sean really puts emotion into all of her work. She has a lot of respect for the metals and who they require patience to work with. Sean really loves how you can perfect metals from a technical aspect. There is no going back and changing anything so she has to go with what she’s feeling in the moment. You can really see this reflected in her work.


I was personally really inspired by her drive and passion to succeed in all of her work. College is really trying for all majors and a lot of people give up. Seeing how passionate she was inspired me to try a little harder in my school work.