who are artists, relighting history in this modern day with their art.
Jennifer Chen-Su Huang, @hepoosclouds
Danielle Schlunegger, @naturalistandco
Jennifer Chen-Su Huang
She received her BA in Practice of Art with Honors from University of California, Berkeley and is currently an MFA student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, studying Fiber and Materials. Jennifer creates installations using various materials that discuss the role of art and how it is perceived differently, depending on whether it has been created by a man or a woman.
Here's a look into her work:
Has writing for Venison influenced your art in any way?
I'm not sure that it has especially influenced my art making, but being a part of Venison has shown me the importance of staying connected with other artists and encouraging one another to further their practice -- because it's easy to be disheartened in this field.
"...Venison has shown me the importance of staying connected with other artists and encouraging one another..."
Your focus is primarily on the process and why women's works are considered craft and men's, art. What have you discovered along the way?
My interest in dismantling the hierarchy between craft and art are connected to conversations in feminism. I'm currently studying both Western and Eastern cultural definitions of "feminine" and how contemporary literary and visual artists have reclaimed these terms. I've been referring to cultural theorists and feminists, Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva. I'm discovering that my art making is motivated by lived experience and is autobiographical in the sense that I am reconsidering the heavily patriarchal Christian and Confucian values I was raised in.
When you take a look at her work, you can't help but notice the color palette immediately, which I asked her about.
"I often gravitate towards muted pastel colors because I find them to be non-threatening, humble, childish, and playful. I also tend to use flesh tones in general, I think, because of my interest in the body and its futility. I'm drawn to the human body as a humble organism.
More recently, I've been using bright pinks as well because it is associated with being low brow or overly saccharine. It's unsophisticated and also maybe a bit repulsive, like pepto-bismol. I see a relationship between my use of pink and my interest in socially ascribed feminine traits -- wet, dark, fragmented, negative, etc. I want to uplift pink's status by subverting the negative implications associated with femininity."
When did you decide to join Venison?
I wanted to get involved with Venison after Amber and I became friends and I got to know all the people working on the magazine. Everyone involved creates such a supportive community for each other and I wanted to help contribute and be involved in that support system.
You were interviewed by Amber in the Autumn of 2014. What is it like going from being interviewee to interviewer?
Being interviewed by Venison was a huge confidence boost. The idea that someone liked my work enough to want to put the time into promoting me was very validating and it opened a lot of doors for me. Getting to interview other artists has been a really valuable networking tool and a way for me to promote the artwork I admire while giving other artists the same kind of validation.
I asked Danielle if she was a full time artist. It surely seems so with all the work she's been producing.
I work with my hands pretty much all day, even though I do have to have a day job. I work in a wood shop making panels and stretcher bars for other artists. My day job has opened up a lot of great connections and friendships. I like to think of my self as a full time artist, just with many different jobs: Having day job to pay for my studio/supplies/ groceries etc, making the actual art, promoting my art and upcoming shows, looking and applying for opportunities, and maintaining a good family and friend life outside of making art.
I think having a group of friends who are artists who push each other to keep making art is really something to hold on to. Have a good website that is easy to navigate--more people will see an image of your work online than they will in person. I'm also always a fan of keeping business cards on you all the time. You never know when you'll need them.