Artist: Jennifer Chen
Media: Print making and Digital Print
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: No Website
Instagram: No Instagram
For this week’s artist conversation, we got to meet with artist Jennifer Chen. Chen is currently a graduate at California State University of Long Beach and is in her last semester working towards her Masters in Fine Arts. For the CSULB School of Art, she is in the Print Making program and one thing I learned about her that I thought was really cool is that she has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Her interests vary from both art and science and they show in her art work by merging them together. When she earns her Masters after this semester, Chen will then be teaching Art 270 for the fall semester.
Jennifer Chen’s art consists of mainly print making, but she likes to add her own thing to them after. Some of the things she likes to do to her prints include watercolors and putting gloss on it to make it stick out more. With these additions to her art pieces, the texture of her art work is rigid. The colors in her art work vary depending on whether it is a landscape of the city, the desert, or different locations. By using Google Earth, Chen is able to get her prints and then brings more life into them.
Chen is a big fan of the ecosystem and she explains how even when it is disturbed, it will find a way to reach equilibrium again and that is why the name of her exhibit is “Succession.” Her viewpoint on this explains why in all of her art pieces, the trees in her prints have the most detail and stick out from the print. In one of her art pieces, she put pink blocks around everything that was not a tree, that way the viewer would see that the main focus of the print were the big green trees. Similar to that, in a different art piece she made the trees 3-D like and made the buildings around the trees light grey to a point where you could barely even see the buildings. With her art work, she is able to show how the ecosystem is very important.
Overall, I liked Jennifer Chen’s artwork and thought her style was very creative. She was able to use simple landscapes from Google Earth and put her own touch on it to make them really stand out. I too am a fan of the ecosystem and understand how important it is for our survival. Everyone has their own way of getting their viewpoint to people and for Jennifer Chen it is through her artwork of print making. By making the trees stand out from everything else, Chen is easily able to show the viewers what the focus of her work is.