Artist: Jennifer Chen

Exhibition:  SUCCESSION

Media: Printmaking and Digital Prints

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

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About the Artist:

For this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Chen. To the class’ surprise, Jennifer’s undergrad was done in Biology, but she is now in her last year trying to obtain her Masters in Fine Arts. Outside of art, her interests are wide-ranging and she says that some of her artwork reflects that in the way that it merges her love for science and art. Her plans after she graduates is to hopefully teach a class here at Long Beach State. Her artwork explores the idea of succession, which is an ecology term, which describes after a disturbance in a landscape and how it changes.

Formal Analysis:

For Jennifer’s artwork, her main media is printmaking and digital prints. Some of her pieces have an unique texture in the way that they don’t lay flat on the paper, and it’s levitated above. There’s another piece that is pink and makes a very bold statement because of the drastic changes in colors. Overall, I think that most of Jennifer’s pieces have jagged lines that speak loudly in the gallery.

Content Analysis:

Before speaking to Jennifer, I walked around and looked at her artwork first. And after speaking to her, it was clear that her thoughts and her artwork connected. Her background in biology was evident in the way that she demonstrated the environment, and how she spoke of the macro and microscopic aspects of it.

My Experience:

Personally, Jennifer Chen’s background connected with me the most. For myself, I’m a chemistry major and have always had an interest in photography but never thought about pursuing it. After listening to Jennifer, I realize that it’s possible to do both and don’t have to pick just one.