Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, paint, clay
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: cargo collective.com/samueljernigan
Samuel is a 2015 graduate of BFA Ceramics at CSULB. He is from Central California and the Bay Area. He is currently working on his Post Baccalaureate. He has been doing ceramics since 2000 but has worked on and off with it. He fell in love with ceramics due to working for a ceramic production company making backgrounds and props. It took his approximately four months to do his exhibition. His other interests are food such as fresh tomatoes, and plays the guitar.
Samuel’s work is made out of clay sculpted into little kids toys then painted with vibrant colors. The colors that he uses are bright such as pink, orange, yellow, blue, green, and purple. The scale of his work compared to normal toys that you see in the store are larger. Some of his work is undulating and sinuous such as the fish and barbie doll head.
The artist inspiration for his work are awkward feelings and toys that you play with. He saw toys at a flee market and made them his platform for his work. His ideas surrounding his art are nostalgia and brutality. That his work is very specific when you look at it, but he wants to unfix the fixed meaning of it. Samuel stated that everything is interchangeable and he wanted to express it in his art. He wanted to create something that has a pretense of a specific identity but can be changeable, for anything to go on or in it.
Looking at Samuel Jernigan’s art work gives me a sense of hardships. Over time as we grow up and fight through trials and tribulations we leave behind what we once loved, such as the toys we played with as children that we thought we would keep forever, only to throw it away once we get older. His work gives life and enhancement to the toys we once sought to be our best friend. His work means to me that as we grow older we should still appreciate the beauty of our childhood and not forget where we came from and who we once were.