Artist: Jennifer Chen
Media: Digital Printmaking/ Painting
Gallery: Gatov West
Jennifer Chen is currently studying printmaking at CSULB. Already a graduate, Jennifer originally received her undergraduate degree in biology. She claims that after receiving her undergraduate degree in biology, she wanted to go an alternate route in her masters. Although biology and art are quite the opposite, Jenifer believes that her art work implements some science into it. I can definitely see where this is true.
The exhibit Succession is a variety of paintings that are made by a mix of printmaking and ink. In the paintings, it appears as if it is a computerized image. The trees appear digital and if they were cropped into a google satellite map. The images in the painting are sharp and jagged while the trees appear to be blobs in a digital world.
Jennifer describes the main goal behind the Succession exhibit as showing how an ecosystem will continue to seek equilibrium through continuous change. She makes this clear by showing in her paintings how different vegetation have changed through the suburbs. I believe Jennifer shows the trees in her paintings to be different to show how when google satellite sees the trees, they see the tree how it was at that moment and not how it will be in the future. I believe her paintings have a pattern and it shows how the deforestation is taking a toll on our environment.
I am a fan of Jennifer’s work because she manages to use the world and mix it with the digital realm. I enjoy how her paintings look and the overall inspiration behind her work. Overall the Succession gallery has been one of my favorites of the semester.