Wk4 – Artist Conversation – Samuel Jernigan

Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: The Weight of Whimsy Ideals
Media: Ceramics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max I. Gatov Gallery West
Website: http://cargocollective.com/samueljernigan
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samueljenri/

The artist that I had the pleasure of observing this week was Samuel Jernigan.  Samuel graduated from CSU Long Beach in fall of 2015 with a BFA in Ceramics.  Even though he just graduated, he has been working with ceramics for 7 years as a production artists.

All of the art in this exhibit are autonomous.  The piece that i choose to focus on is the fish like sculpture.  This fish is made from ceramics and is colored with spray paint.  The ceramic gives the art a flat and smooth appearance.  Also the sculpture does not have many sharp or abrupt edges.

Jernigan’s inspiration for his art was were toys that made him confused as a child.  All of his pieces of art represent a child’s toy.  I think that Jernigan is taking inspiration from childhood toys, books, or other childhood items and incorporate into his sculptures.

I choose to focus on this piece of art because it reminded me of a drawing that could be found in a Dr. Seuss book.  As a child, I would love reading Dr. Seuss books but I always found the characters to be very interesting.  Jernigan made a sculpture that made me remember a little bit of my child hoood.




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