Week 13- Artist Interview- Shihori Nakayama

This week in the art galleries i found myself intrigued in the Dutzi Gallery. The art show was called Recapturing the Moment by artist Shihori Nakayama. It was Nakayama’s Illustration MA Thesis Exhibition show. The art pieces in the exhibit were beautiful and I really loved the little details that went into every drawing. Nakayama combined pen and ink drawings and prints for her art pieces. What I thought was really unique in this exhibit was how the artists didn’t just want the viewer to look at each drawing, but to look closer and see what is really there. There seemed to be so much detail in each pieces throughout the drawings and it made me want to look at what the smaller, fainter images were.


According to Nakayama, the drawings in the exhibit were imagery based on her personal life. Her drawings aim “exploring specific memories” and trying to “reclaim those significant moments in her life”. One thing Nakayma enjoyed from this process of creating these pieces was “creating line and mark through pen and ink”. The artist’s goal was to “create a world that engages viewers to look closely into all the details and be lost in that moment”. This exhibit was truly a journey in which Nakayama takes us on, to look into her memories that she has recreated with her detailed  drawings and prints so the viewer can look closer and not just the big picture but the specific points behind it.


Week 13- Classmate interview- Alexx Dunk

This week in the art galleries I had the chance ti have a conversation with fellow classmate Alexx Dunk. Alexx was a really nice a friendly person to talk to and overall a cool person! Alexx is in her fouth year at CSULB and said that she is planning on staying a year and a half more. She is majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. However, she said that it it getting very difficult and tough these last semesters beacause she took all her GE’s first, and now she’s piling up the hard classes. Alexx’s goal is to become a dentist and is going to be taking the dental admissions test this summer. She is stressed at the thought of having to study all summer for the test. Alexx is originally from San Diego dorms at the hillside dorms.


What I thought was pretty unique and funny is that Alexx says that she wanted to attend CSULB because of the band Sublime which is her favorite band and she loves rock music as do I! I told her that my favorite band as a kid and still is is Paramore and she said that she likes them too. Alexx has been working at Hooters for two years and she started working there since she was eighteen. Alexx told me that she enjoys working at Hooters because its fun and defended what people think about her job and said that its a family restaurant. Alexx aldo told me that she has a younger brother which she is concerned about when he leaves too college soon because he is nervous. She also is very artistic and enjoys painting in her free time. Her favorite food is quesadillas  because she likes cheese and is a picky eater.

Week 12- Artist Interview- Katherine Cox

This week in the art galleries I really loved the art show in the Dutzi Gallery! The show was a ceramic show by Katherine Cox called Domestic Implications and it was her BFA Exhibition .  I felt I could really relate to this style of art because I took a ceramic class when i was in tenth grade in High School and i really loved it. Although my ceramic class was just a beginner class i felt like i could connect to the art pieces. I thought the pieces were so beautiful from the designs on each piece like the flowers, bears, and wolves, to the glaze color on each pot that shared the same color which was like a light blue color that I thought looked really beautiful and connected each piece to each other.


While I was viewing the art pieces around the room, I felt some ” Human experiences” as Cox described that we, as the audience are going to feel when being “drawn into the natural elements of the piece”. Such as the pieces that were decorated with flowers on the pots were according to Cox ” suggest a presence of the ideals of femininity”. I couldn’t help but be captivated and intrigued by the flowers because as Cox pointed out, it appeals to me being a woman. FullSizeRender[1]


Week 12- Classmate Interview- Kimberly Carrasco

Week twelve in the art galleries I had a chance to meet and have a conversation with fellow classmate Kimberly Carrasco. Kimberly told me that she is a sophomore at CSULB this year how exciting ! I thought it was really cool that Kimberly is a sociology major. I took sociology last semester for the first time and I really enjoyed the class, it was really intriguing to me. Kimberly told me that she works with a professor with the  undergraduate research opportunity program. She told me that they have been working on a poster to present recently  on the subjects autism and equity. Kimberly’s favorite color is red! She also told me that she is from the city of Lynwood and played soccer until she was in tenth grade and had to stop to focus on school more. Kimberly also has some siblings; one brother and one sister.


Kimberly commutes to school by taking the bus. Kimberly told me that this summer she would like to volunteer somewhere, maybe the youth center by her house to work with kids. I also asked Kimberly in what she was interested in doing after college. She told me that she would like to be an autism therapist for kids, but she is still not sure. One thing she is sure about is that she would like a job where she can be around kids and help them. I thought it was really cool that she said she has traveled to Mexico before and she would also love to travel Europe. Specifically places that has nice beaches because she enjoys going to the beach. Kimberly’s favorite food is hot wings and I also love hot wings. I told her that she should try buffalo wild wings and she says that she will.

Week 11- Activity- Plaster Casting

This week eleven was to do plaster casting. I chose to do the activity at Seal Beach and had my boyfriend helped me with it. First of all, I went to Home Depot and bought the necessities. Such as plaster, a bucket, and stir sticks. I already had a shovel at my house so I didn’t have to spend money on that. Then we drove over to Seal Beach, found a good spot, and started to dig a whole in a damp enough part of the sand. I tried to make a mold of my hand in the sand a few times but the sand kept falling on it. Eventually the mold of my hand kept its shape a little so thats when I started to mix the plaster with some water. However thats where I messed up a little. The plaster was drying really fast in the bucket so I tried pouring It in the sand and It didn’t turn out very good:( . The result was not was I wanted but It was a good try haha. After the plaster casting I just stayed at the beach a little longer because the weather was nice  and I ended up having a good time at the beach.FullSizeRender[1] IMG_2865[1] IMG_2862[1]

Week 11- Artist interview- Arezoo Bharthania

This week 11, my favorite show in the art galleries this week helped me get out of my comfort zone because I chose a different form of art to view. I usually tend to be interested in art that has people as the subjects in paintings or drawings because I feel that I can connect to it and be more familiar with it . However, the art show in the Gatov Gallery East called Escape The Gaze of The Blind Censor was very different than paintings or drawings. The art show featured an arrangement of colorful fabrics hanging around the room that looked like curtains with different designs on them. The art show was artist Arezoo Bharthania’s  MFA Thesis Exhibition in partial fufillment of the studio art degree.

I found it very interesting with the descriptions posted around the room which had the title of the pieces along with something else written in a different language but I’m not sure what it is. It might have just been a translation as well. Moreover, the exhibition gave off a dark feeling to me with the dark colors of the curtains. Also the dripping of the paint in one piece made it seem as if it wasn’t supposed to look perfect. According to Bharthania, she feels that the curtains represent “shrouded restraints”  and “the other side of the curtain” was her home which I found very insightful.IMG_2757[1] IMG_2760[1]

Week 11- Classmate Interview- Valerie Arredondo

This week in the art galleries I had a chance to meet fellow classmate Valerie Arredondo and have a conversation with her. Valerie is a first year at CSULB just like me! She is from Long Beach like me as well but she attended my rival high school Poly. Valerie is a very athletic person and did swim in high school while I did soccer in high school. Valerie also plays for the club women’s rugby team at CSULB. She said that she used to be an art major but now she is a biology major. I asked her what she would like to do with that major and she said that she hopes to be a bio-medical illustrator. Valerie told me that she has two younger brothers one is sixteen and the other is twelve years old. Valerie told me that she has been working at Lowes as a cashier and says that she hates closing. I also hate closing at my job too haha.

I was surprised to learn that Valerie works thirty hours a week while balancing that with twelve units. I feel that would be really stressful and exhausting but Valerie says that she doesn’t really get sore from work. I also asked Valerie if shes ever traveled and she told me that she’s been to Mexico because that’s where her family is from, and I have also traveled to Mexico for that same reason. Valerie told me that she enjoys drawing and watching netflix on her free time. Her favorite food is Italian fettuccine alfredo. Valerie commutes to school but says that she wants to move out . Her favorite shows are Friends, How I Met your Mother, and Once Upon a Time. IMG_2756[1]