wk4-Artist Conversation-Samuel Jernigan

Artist: Samuel Jernigan

Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals

Media: Ceramics, Ceramic Paint, Sculpture

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: cargocollective.com/samueljernigan

Instagram: @samueljenri

Samuel Jernigan is a graduate student at CSULB in the BFA Ceramics program. He has been sculpting on and off for the past 15 years, and mentioned he took 7 years off. Jernigan makes sculptures out of ceramics and ceramic paint. He used to work as a production artist. His inspiration for his art is at flea markets,he noticed “abandoned” toys from previous owners. The flea markets is where  he came to the inspiration to brings the scraps of abandoned toys “together”.

Jernigan’s art is all ceramics. He used ceramic paint to paint the pieces. He says he uses only ceramic paint because “it doesn’t run”. The ceramics are smooth like and are made on a larger scale than usual. He uses cartoon like shapes and draws sharp lines to make his media come to life. Most of his sculptures are painted with bright colors like blue,yellow, green, and red.

I noticed a lot of thought and imagination went into Samuel Jernigan’s art. For example, the sculpture with the women’s upper body wearing some sort of orange dress has a toy as its head. I feel like that sculpture has meaning behind it and you have to really look at the sculpture and think about what it actually means. I think it means that even when a girl grows up to be a women there is still some “kid” in her that always stays within her and her head.

When I first walked into Jernigan’s gallery I was amazed by his bright sculptures and how they caught my eye. As I walked around I couldn’t believe how cool and different his art was. It kind of reminded me of Cat In the Hat because of the fish sculptures. I also found it cool how he put different body parts next to each other on the ground and on the table.




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