Wk. 4 – Artist Conversation – Samuel Jernigan

Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weigh of Whimsy and Ideas
Media: Ceramics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West
Website: cargocollective.com/samuel
Instagram: @samueljernigan

This artist, Samuel Jernigan was very interesting to me. He is a very cool guy and expresses his art in an awesome. Samuel is a graduate student with his degree in ceramics. He applied to UCLA and USC to get his masters degree. His interests are reading comics, playing music, eating, and binge watching TV. Some ideas that his work explores is alienation and belonging.

His artwork is ceramic and there are a lot of sharp and pointy edges on his statues. All of his pieces are white, but some of them have a lot of color in them and he is trying to express something with the color that pops out in some of the artwork. All of the pieces are very perfect and exact. He definitely knew what he wanted to do with these pieces and that’s why they are so perfect and the edges are sharp and what not.

This project that he worked on is all about exploring alienation and the extra spaces that alienation fills in these artworks. A lot of the pieces look almost like Disney characters and with that he was trying to take us back to our childhood and maybe some memories that went along with that. He works with a lot of figuration and trying to make objects stand out to you, in that way he tries to work with the surface of the painting, so you can get a better picture of the image he is trying to create.

I really liked his artwork. Every time I look at his pieces, they remind me of my childhood and they honestly look like something out of the Little Mermaid. I like how he does those kinds of pieces to make people think about their past and how it has influenced them in a big way. With all of the different colors in his work, it just reminds me of being a kid again and that makes me feel good inside.


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