Wk 12- Artist Conversation-Jennifer Chen


Artist: Jennifer Chen
Exhibition: Succession
Media: Digital Printmaking/Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: none
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Jennifer Chen is a graduate student here at California State University, Long Beach. Chen is going to graduate this year as this semester is her last year but she plans to teach an art class here at CSULB. Chen is currently pursing a Master in Fine Arts in Print Making program. During Chen’s undergrad she was a biology major but then decided to get a master in arts. Chen decided that she had different interests and tried to do things that help her grow in different ways. Her plans after she graduates is to teach as I mentioned before she plans to teach an art class specifically Art 270. Through her art work you are able to see how she incorporates art with science.

Her artwork consists of printmaking and photography. In some of her artworks she pays around with photography and also uses Google maps. Through her art pieces you can see into the environment such as trees and bark from a microscopic and macroscopic perspective. Chen used digital print on Epsom and does masking to print make. She also uses a monotone style. She said that she also uses gloss to give it a 3D effect and make it stand out. Lastly, she uses a photo shop and tops it off with painting. The process that Chen takes is very difficult and long. For some larger pieces it take about week and that doesn’t include the separation of the art work because she is not able to print the whole art piece she has to separate it into pieces and then she pieces it together.

Jennifer Chen through her art was trying to have a mixture of art and science. Since these are both what interests her she decided to have them both. Through some of her pieces she took microscopic and macroscopic picture in order to demonstrate the qualities of trees and nature that we can’t see. As her gallery was called Succession, the idea she tried to explore and demonstrate is the disturbance in landscape such as fire and floods that over a time period change and become shrubs or trees. The Urban landscape is the disturbance as it wasn’t there before. Chen also tries to look at different sights whether historic or monumental.

I really enjoyed this art gallery because the artist was able to combine her to most interest and transformed into art. Jennifer was able to give me a whole new perspective on the environment. As well as provide pictures of the trees bark and nature that I’ve never seen to look at. I like how her art explores the disturbances of nature. In today’s society we do not necessary look to much in as to why is that plant growing here or whether it cause harm to other surrounding plants. Some of the nature has been growing there for year but through time new species of plants are introduced and can e either beneficial or helpful.


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