Artist: Jennifer Chen
Media: Printmaking and Ink
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Jennifer Chen is currently a Graduate Student in the School of Arts Printmaking. She got her undergraduate degree as Biology major and decided she wanted to go into painting. She had many interest but couldn’t decide which ones were good enough to tell us. She basically told us that her art work is both science and art related by her different backgrounds in the different majors. She is also going to teach a class in the fall which is Art 270 that is non-toxic techniques. Jennifer began explaining to us that this class is basically things you do at home.
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. Chen is able to get her prints and then brings more life into them, by using Google Earth
All of Jennifer Chen’s pieces was about nature somehow. The reason why her exhibit was called SUCCESSION was due to the equilibrium the ecosystem has throughout all the ups and downs. She wanted to show through her work that ecosystems have been around for a long time while the city of Los Angeles has been here for a while. She likes to make art with nature of trees because she believes trees are signs of human intention. That is why most of her shows lots of trees, it mostly focuses on the trees.
Hearing the artist talk , made me feel like she was very nervous because she had a crowd. Seeing her artwork, I knew she loved plants and the ecosystem. I really enjoyed how her art showed beautiful cities. It is pretty cool how shes uses Google earth to create her art.