Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramic Clay and Montana Spray Paint
Gallery: CSULB, Gatov-Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan is from Central California. He grew up around Fresno. He graduated from CSULB in the fall of 2015 with a BFA in Ceramics. He enjoys watching cartoons, reading comics, and playing the guitar. He most especially loves to bike. He’s a fanatic about pens and was inspired by toys in his pieces. Samuel is very dedicated, he often spent 14-16 hours in his studio and rarely went home, most of the time he just lived in his car.
Jernigan’s pieces were very smooth, curved, and very large. The materials he used includes Montana Spray Paint from a German Company as well as paint pens from Krink, and of course, ceramic clay. Because of these paint brands and his ceramic technique his lines are very smooth and controlled, showcasing a premium effect.
Samuel was first inspired by toys when he visited a flea market. He noticed how abandoned the broken toys were and felt inspired by this effect. In order to bring attention to the toys, Jernigan’s ceramics were brightly colored. He exaggerated the sizes of his pieces to make a bigger effect. His work explores the idea of belonging.
I found Jernigan’s pieces very inspiring. I once took a sculpture class in high school and it was very difficult to mold my small figurines. I can only imagine how long each piece took. Jernigan’s exhibition reminds me of Toy Story. He’s putting emotions and feelings in toys. His sculptures of fish, remind me of my own childhood and Dr. Seuss characters. I also found the busts of dolls very interesting as it reminded me of Cinderella. Through bright colors and smooth lines, he showcases the beauty of broken toys. He highlights the life in the toys through contrasting colors, almost speaking for the toys, giving off the effect that just because something is broken, doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful.