Wk4 – Artist Conversation – Samuel Jernigan


Artist: Samuel Jernigan


Exhibition: Weight of  Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, Clay, Woods, Steel
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: cargocollective.com/samueljernigan
Instagram: samueljenri

About the Artist

Mr. Jernigan Was a student in CSULB. He have gotten his undergraduate degree in Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Ceramics last semester, Fall 2015. Due to his special concentration, the main material he uses to create most of the pieces by him is Ceramic. Other than Ceramics, he did use other materials to enhance the look of his art piece, such as: clay, paints, woods, steel. The wood and steel he used to create a platform for his ceramic sculptures, he added that both the base and the ceramic sculptures represent the entire art work; as the sculptures will look different without it.

The time he used to create all the ceramic sculptures this time was 4 months.


Formal Analysis

It is a couple of sculpture made of mainly ceramics by Mr. Jernigan , but the one that caught my eye was a special doll-like head of a human. Mr. Jernigan sculpture protrayed a huge doll-like human face.

The shape of the entire figure seems anhuman.d, just like a toy. Mr. Jernigan got his idea and inspirations from toys. Apart from that, Mr. Jernigan added that comics have also inspired him in his work mentally. Therefore the ceramics sculpture he have created is always doll-like.

The scale of the sculpture is huge for a human head.

There are multiple colors Mr. Jernigan used on the ceramic sculpture. Only half of the doll`s face was painted. Mr. Jernigan added that the reason behind it is to allow the audiences to use their imagination to identify the doll`s gender.

The texture of the sculpture is smooth as it is a representation of a human.

Content Analysis

Mr. Jernigan got his idea from traditional toys and dolls. He added that his background as a musician have helped him along the way while create his art pieces. Apart from that, Mr. Jernigan also admitted that comics have inspired him mentally. Mr. Jernigan is trying to remind his audience of their childhood and give out each and every single one of our own opinion about his art pieces.

My Experience

I have found my childhood here! There are so many familiar toys and dolls sculptures that I myself could relate to. Meanwhile, Mr. Jernigan have added his own idea and recreates the toys or dolls that we used to see when we were small. Without any doubt, he is an interesting and talented artist!

Nowadays, with the advancements of technology, the 00’s kids are no longer like us – playing with “traditional” dolls, toys, play outside. Instead, they would just spend most of their times indoors, with their eyes on their smartphones or tablets.

It is crazy to think about how much technology have evolved, and it is even crazier to think about how much have it changes our life. Mr. Jernigan’s art is great as it reminds his audiences the special childhood that we once had.


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