Artist: Jennifer Chen
Media: Printmaking, Ink
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Jennifer Chen is a Printmaking major at California State University of Long Beach. She is currently a graduate student after graduating with a Biology major. Her work between the two different majors allows her to bring about different ideology’s to her work which make it that much more interesting. She is planning on teaching art class possibly next semester. Her work included the concepts of succession where as her work is created through wood carvings, paint and uses computer look like graphics.
The beauty in succession is its ability to depict the impact on the ecosystem through this digitalized and virtual world. On the virtual paintings, it describes the mapping that google has done in order to help those get directions. This is how the web sees nature with all of these jagged angles and edges. Her work doesn’t allow for the full captivation of the trees. The trees are vulnerable and give the idea of the damage that is being done to different ecosystems through pollution and deforestation.
Overall, I really enjoyed the combination between the biology and art that Chen created. Her images depicted a world in which the trees were no longer alive and gives a feeling to the audience of what the damages on the real world have on ecosystems and the effects that’ll lead to. It was interesting and refreshing viewing her artwork!