We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenn Berger and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jenn, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I keep going by having faith in my work and art in general. 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Right now I’m working on a collection of portraits, of strangers that I’ve encountered. The portraits began as drawings and then I had the urge to bring them more to life, so I made them three-dimensional. I printed the drawings onto faux leather and attached them to foam with pins. It was like trying to make a sculpture backwards, in that I was beginning with the surface or skin and had to make the sub-structure subsequently – somewhat like the process of taxidermy. At first, I tried to keep the drawn images intact, which didn’t leave me much room to shape the sculptural form underneath, and so the sculptures came out flat. Another artist pointed out to me that the sculptures lacked the detail that the drawings have, and then I realized that I could be much more free with the sculptures by cutting the drawings up.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The rose garden at Expo Park, the Natural History Museum and Butterfly Pavillion, Crystal Cove State Park, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, Vroman’s Bookstore

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I very much appreciate my family and friends, artists and otherwise, for their support and encouragement.

Website: http://jennberger.com

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