Jennifer West (MFA 04 Art) is a Los Angeles artist, known for her digitized films that are made by hand manipulating film celluloid. She has produced over 70 films since she started working this way in 2004. West employs various unique processes to produce alchemical transformations in her film-based practice. The artist subjects 16, 35 and 70 mm film negative and leader to an eclectic range of idiosyncratic substances including nail polish, liquid eyeliner, “Teen Spirit” deodorant, wine, spices, Jell-O shots, body glitter, paintballs, Jack West
More recently, West has been interested in how film and television shape our own personal and cultural memories. She has embarked on what will become a feature-length film, and through ongoing research documented on Instagram, West is revisiting years of her own televisual and cinematic viewing. This line of research is also taking her to physical sites of analogue post-production, most of which are in peril of extinction, as well as the locations of film’s projection.
The Graduate Art Seminar lecture series is a forum for graduate students, members of the ArtCenter community and the general public to enter into dialog with internationally recognized artists, critics, and art historians. The Seminar is a core component of ArtCenter’s Graduate Art program. See artcentermfa.net for more information.