Wk 4 – Artist Conversation – Samuel Jernigan

Artist:Samuel Jernigan

Exhibition:Weight of Whimsy and Ideals

Media:Metanna brand spray paint, ceramics

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West




About the Artist

Samuel Jernigan is a recent CSULB graduate. He received his BFA in ceramics last fall semester and has applied  to UCLA and Alfred State with plans on receiving his MFA in ceramics.Samuel is originally from Louisiana and later moved to Fresno County.  Samuel enjoys reading comics and watching TV during the time he’s not sculpting.

Formal Analysis

The pieces were mostly composed of ceramic and acrylic paint. Samuel seemed to have a mix of sculptures that were true to size and some that seemed to have their scale magnified. The piece themselves seemed to be sculptures of childhood toys and other objects. A lot of the pieces were a mix of the untouched ceramic and  the use bright multi colors for details.

Content Analysis

The pieces seem to give the viewer s sense of nostalgia when you first walk into the gallery. The sculptures remind you of various children’s toys. The artist wanted to give the viewer a sense of alienation and belonging. The artist explained to our group that objects  may be inviting to some while being  alienating to others. This made me think about the recent  controversy of Disney not having enough toys of the female lead even though she is the main character. So a girl could see all the male figures and feel alienated while the boy would feel welcomed.

My Experience

I really enjoyed this gallery viewing. I liked how Samuel took us inside and used his art to  visually explain the concepts he was trying to convey. You can tell that he really enjoys his creations in they way he communicated to our group. I feel the message of belonging and alienation that he is trying to convey  through his art is relevant to many different social issues.




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