Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer West (b. 1966, Topanga, CA) creates work that explores the process and materiality of filmmaking. Through video, installation, and performance, West presents celluloid film and negatives that have been subjected to chemicals and physical manipulations.  Using unorthodox procedures, West applies dye, ink, food coloring, spray paint, nail polish, salt, perfume, glitter, and even mud to celluloid in order to physically manipulate film negatives. West received her B.A. from Evergreen State College and her M.F.A. from the Art Center in Pasadena, California.  She is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Fine Arts at U.S.C.’s Rossi School of Art and Design.