Week 12 // Artist Conversation // Jennifer Chen


Artist: Jennifer Chen
Exhibition: Succession
Media: Printmaking, Digital Print, Gloss, and Google Images
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Instagram: None

About the Artist

Jennifer Chen started her college career with a Bachelors Degree in biology. She claims that she has many interests and wants to pursue what ever intrigues her at that moment in her life. That was how she found her way to the fine arts department at CSULB. Jennifer is finishing up her last year at CSULB for a Masters in Fine Arts. She specializes in printmaking and next semester she is planning on teaching an intro to print making class. (Art 270) The theme of her exhibit explores microscopic and macroscopic disturbances in  landscape over time.

Formal Analysis

Jennifer’s uses Google Maps as a platform for her work. She will 3D print an image she finds on Google and will add other elements to give the image more depth. Her larger pieces take up to a week to finish and have to be broken up into different sections. As you can see from the images I uploaded, her work comes in many different sizes. She uses smaller canvases to show the microscopic disturbances (ex. bark) in our ecosystem. The larger canvases are used to show the macroscopic disturbances (ex. buildings and roads)

Content Analysis

Jennifer’s work exhibits landscapes after disturbances or natural disasters strike.

A “disturbance” is by definition “the interruption of a settled and peaceful condition”.

On the contrary a natural disaster is “a natural event such as a flood, earthquake, or hurricane that causes great damage or loss of life.”

I believe Jennifer wants to emphasize the difference between the two. While natural disasters are tragic, what human beings have done to our planet was a conscious choice. We have taken advantage of our planet and although it may not seem like it, one day it will all be very apparent how selfish our species are.

My Experience

Jennifer brings a unique quality to the world of art. Her background in biology emphasizes the factual aspects about the world we live. I definitely have an interest in the arts and she gives me inspiration to pursue my own interests.  I am currently pursuing a bachelors in accounting but that does not mean I should let my other interests die out in the back burner. Learning is a never ending journey. She got to experience working in both the medical field and the art industry. I’m sure there are things that she likes and dislikes about both, but unless she tried both she would have never known which path to choose.



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