JENNIFER KWON

Interview by Kristen Jones

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Kristen Jones: What kind of camera did you use? Have you worked with other types before? If so, what do you see as the strengths and weaknesses of each kind?

Jennifer Kwon: I used a Pentax digital camera for the class and for my final project, but had only used a regular digital camera before this.

KJ: What would you say is your general theme/topic/inspiration for this set? What makes this a cohesive set?

JK: My general idea was that I wanted to make something unique. I didn’t think that I had the talent to shoot people and objects and make them great based on what I felt during other assignments. I wanted to make photos that challenge, that make an impact, and that show my uniqueness.  When I was thinking about the project, a clear image came to mind of an apple dipped in paint and myself photographing it with the paint dripping down it; from there I thought that I just wanted to have fun with objects and paint. I tried to photograph simple ideas at first and it developed into my painting the objects.  I wanted to portray a level of absurdity or abnormality in my photographs. People think about bananas as yellow and edible. With paint and unrepresentative colors, I could see how people would react to these abnormalities.

KJ: How did you prepare the subjects? I find this integration of photography and sculpture very interesting; can you speak for a bit about that?

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JK: Well, I actually worked on the 5th floor studio and felt like I was definitely doing studio art for a while. I was worried about this being the right path for a photography class, but I think photography is a medium that can be incorporated into everything and that was the draw for me. Studio art and photography combined gives me the ability to explore. An exhibition from a studio art student can be limited in perspectives, but I think you have more agency as a photographer to portray an image.

KJ: Was it difficult to set up the photographs, or to pick one photograph to represent each scene? How do you feel about having one photograph as a representative in that way?

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JK: I think that part is hard for any photography student. I basically just set things up and made things myself, just create sculptures. Sometimes I’d photograph a setup and it wouldn’t work out, but I’d learned what I should discard and what I should include. It was definitely a good learning process.

I did intentionally only use one image to represent each scene for this interview because I wanted to show a wide variety of works. I have to choose four images for my final project, and even then my heart chose me to go with more variety.

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KJ: I hesitate to ask this question, but what do these photographs mean to you? 

JK: When I was planning the project in the first place, I knew that I wanted to just leave them open to interpretation. I don’t know what people will say and I didn’t intend to get a certain reaction. I did focus, though, on choosing and creating photographs that can be influential in an artistic way.

KJ: In the same vein, do you operate intuitively or conceptually? Talk a bit about your artistic process.

JK: I plan things out but I don’t necessarily stick to them. I created images that I thought about beforehand, and some images I just found interesting in the moment. The last image [the extreme close-up] was unexpected but turned out great. I usually just start with a framework that I build upon and develop ideas along the way.

KJ: How do you feel about using so many different objects, all unified by the paint, but all seemingly different? Do you see them fitting together in some way, or were they just objects that you thought would look interesting?

JK: I looked for objects that aren’t usually used in painting. I used objects like fruit, socks, fly swatters, toilet paper and toilet paper rolls, and anything else that I could find. I wanted to see how daily objects can turn out without the paint. I wanted to turn boring objects into something that was abnormal or interesting.

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KJ: How do you feel that the close-up image compares to the images that depict objects on a white background?

 JK: I wanted to use a wide variety of close-up and a wider span. For my final project and my personal collection included here, I added more close-up pictures because they are more influential and have a greater impact for some reason; I’m not sure why. The object itself and how it worked with the background is more interesting than what kind of art it created (speaking to how the object is interpreted).

 KJ: Can you talk more about your project as a whole and why you chose these six images?

 JK: Ideally, I would have close-up and wider span settings for each image. I’d also like to include photographs of me working with objects. I think of these objects as tools for painting. I want to show what kind of tool was used and what kind of process I used and what kind of result it made.

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Jennifer is a freshman.  Her first photography class was Sharon Harper’s Freshman Seminar. 

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