Activity wk 15: My three possible futures…


Thinking about my future makes me feel very vulnerable. I want to do/ be apart of so many things. What i would really want to do would be to teach kids all around the world. Teach what? i don’t know. But all i know is that i would love to learn and share knowledge all over the world. Traveling and learning about all of these cultures is the goal. If for some reason that career changed or i was not able to pursue it, i would go straight into animal care. If i cant travel the world and help children i would love to partake in current rescue groups and maybe even become a vet tech because why not hahah.

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If i was financially secure i would loveeeeeeeeeee to buy all the makeup in the world, find a cute bae and have him drive me around in my fancy car lol. We would then find all of the stray animals in the world and give them a happy home. hahah idk there are so many things i want to do that i probably dont know just yet. When i find out ill let you know. 😉



Week 14 Art Activity: Sketching in the CSULB Japanese Garden

As a kid, my grandpa would ALWAYS take us the Japanese garden to feed the little Koi fish in the water. So finding out that we were going here as a class made me so happy and brought back so many happy memories of my childhood. 🙂 Trying to find a spot, i thought, was going to be the hardest, because the whole place is sooooo pretty. But it was not until a memory came back of a special spot i would sit/stand at with my grandpa.

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What could be more perfect? Nothing, exactly. lol

When the rules for this activity said “NO ERASING” i kind of panicked. An eraser is my best friend sometimes. But as soon as i actually started it became a little easier. I thought drawing the leaves and the bridge would be easier to do without lifting up the pencil and erasing. And I appeared to be right.


It does not look too bad…

With the time i had remaining, i spent it on adding details in the rocks, water, and some more trees… as you can see hereIMG_5666

This was all i did with the time i had. Overall, this experience was a lot of fun and brought back tons of positive/ happy memories of my childhood. 🙂 I do feel my piece is actually going somewhere so i will continue it and probably paint it this summer! This activity was a whole lot of fun!

our last and final… Artist Converstation wk13

Exhibition Information:

Artist: Krystal Ramirez

Exhibition: La Cena Esta Servida

Gallery: Merlino Gallery

Media: Metal and Jewelry

For our final artist conversation, I decided to go with Krystal Ramirez’s exhibit. Her exhibition “La Cena Esta Servida” was located in the Merlino Gallery. Krystal is currently a student at CSULB and is working hard to receive her BFA in Metal and Jewelry in the near future. This is the first exhibit i have seen where the artist uses metal and jewelry to create her pieces! That was very intriguing and thought this would be a good way to end our artists conversations for this semester.

At first, walking in her gallery, I saw (everyone saw lol) an enormous dining table with silver ware placed on top. When i started to analyze and talk to Krystal i saw that the silver ware was her art! I have no idea why it took me so long to realize, i guess i was in shock from the giant dining table. There were around 11 plates that had different appliances on top, all the appliances were created by her and with different types of metals/jewelry. A few examples include; copper, pewter, sterling sliver, brass, and bronzed. The plates, which were a variety, all had their own names. She says that they indicate different relationships she has made in the dining table over time, “reflecting on the people that have been part of my journey and the influence they have had on me.” Her work was very clean and precise, something very different from what I have seen before.

After seeing her piece i feel that Krystal is very family/friend oriented and likes that feeling of forming relationships. Hence the reason for a dining table in her piece. Dinner time in many families, like mine, is taken very seriously and is important in certain family dynamics. It creates bonds and closeness between one another, kind of keeping everyone and everything up-to-date. Even on dates with (new) people, we sit down and get to know each other. This builds relationships with others and yourself. Krystal’s exhibit really made me want to sit down and hang out with my family more.


Week 12 Art Experience: Ethnography


When I first heard that our art activity involved no electricity or anything in that nature, I was super sad. I thought it was going to be super boring and i wouldn’t be able to actually do it. At first, it was really hard, my friend and I just kept awkwardly staring at each other hoping something fun would happen… which nothing did at that time. An hour goes by and we find ourselves talking about everything. We got to know each other SOOOO well. I learned things about him that i didn’t already know and i felt that made us so much closer. (which is really nice because i like him lol) We went outside for a little bit, laying on the grass (but we got really itchy so had to come inside).  We even started drawing, which here is a pic of what i was able to start. !

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Living without electricity was very liberating and i feel like my mind was more at ease. If i was by myself i feel like i would have been bored at some points but honestly i would do it again. Obviously it limits you on your activities but it still does not have to be boring. People back before electricity, i feel, could do it, because they had no reason to be doing so. They found other past time activities to do. Social Media, the television, did not effect their lives at that time. My ideal level of life activity would be about 60% whilst my connectivity i would like it to be 40%.  I have a high percentage for connectivity because the world is evolving and the great internet is our main means of communication and opportunities. But of course, my life activity would have to be higher because i am a very interactive person.

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my living room…

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and my messy bedroom lol.

Week 12: Artist Conversation

Exhibition Information

Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: No-Man’s Land
Media: Drawing and painting
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East


About the Artist

Alice Andreini is graduate student at CSULB’s School of Art and is majoring in drawing and painting, working on getting her Master’s degree in Fine Arts. This exhibition served as her thesis for her degree. She is originally from Minnesota but found her self in San Diego a couple months back and then ended up in Long Beach for school. She always had an interest in art as a child but was too scared to pursue it as a career since it was not practical for her situation. Due to this, for undergraduate degree she went with medicine science initially, but then eventually switched to theater arts when she came to realize that she needed to pursue at least some type of art course. When Alice is not working on her paintings in the studio she enjoys reading philosophy and poetry in her free time. After she receives her Master’s degree, she plans on to continue to create paintings and become a college professor. How cool!

Formal Analysis

When I first walked into Andreini’s exhibition, I first laid eyes on five very large canvases (except for one canvas that was small and black and white). The paintings were detailed to the max. They contained many colors and layers of paint that gave them a sort of 3D effect. The pieces also had several geometric lines and shapes that gave the paintings an illusion of a virtual grid. It was transparent that these were landscapes of golf courses but with a bit of abstraction and surrealism. Golf courses are known for being very nature filled and picturesque. However, Andreini challenges this notion with her paintings by creating a new way to experience nature in her eyes.

Content Analysis

Andreini mentioned that the way her landscapes are framed, shows her ideologies of a culture. In the US, there is a frame for nature where it is presented as an uncontaminated “truth” even though it as already been appropriated as a body of symbols. According to Andreini, nature is regarded as a “pure” form but it’s innocence has been ruined and used to profit through expansions of territories and “owning the most land”. In her art, she reveals the constructs and seductions of the landscapes. The golf courses represent the allure of the American pastoral but she works them into a net of spatial and ideological constructs that are unveiled to create a new realm where perceptions are disrupted. This her new way of experiencing the world that we live in.

Synthesis/ My Experience

Initially, it was weird to think of nature as being something related to technology, considering that technology is anything but natural! I had no clue that her paintings were nature landscapes because they do not resemble anything natural. It is quite intriguing how she created a landscape while making it look like an movie creators rough draft piece. Her art opens eyes and makes you think entirely different on nature and its relational qualities towards technology.


Week 11: Artist Conversation

Exhibition Information

Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Installations, Info-graphics, LED display.
Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Instagram: @yujia_gu

About The Artist

Yujia Gu is a student at CSULB’s School of Art and is working towards getting her Masters in the fine arts. She moved to the United States from Asia about three years ago and has really been liking her time going to school and living in Long Beach! At first, she was hesitant to move to the US at first because of all the known gun violence news going around, which they heard overseas. Her mother was extremely worried for her safety but she was determined to study in the United States.She wanted to learn for herself if the gun violence was real or not.

In her exhibition, Gu reveals some crazy statistics about gun violence here in the US. Her exhibition includes statistics about mass shootings, the similarities of gun violence among different countries, the amount of children killed by guns since Newtown and many more. The way these statistics are presented is essential to the art show. She includes an info-graphic map that points to the places where gun violence happened during the last 72 hours in the US. She also has an LED display showing the number of people who have been shot. The most mind blowing part of her exhibition was the writing on the wall that reads “More and more people are buying guns to protect themselves from more and more people who are buying guns.” This is to show that gun violence is an endlesscycle that will take a lot of time and effort to be resolved.

Content Analysis

Before coming all the way to the States, Gu did extensive research on gun violence in the United states. Her interest in it is what inspired her exhibition. The purpose of it is to make more people realize how serious gun violence is here. In her research, she has discovered that schools, business buildings, and places that are more active and populated have a higher risk of having gun violence. Her main goal is to inform the viewer about all the gun violence happening around us and to encourage them to understand that it is necessary to learn how to properly use guns.

Synthesis/ My Experience

Yujia Gu’s exhibition was so eye opening. Seeing/reading the amount of people who have died or have been effected from gun violence is astonishing. People like Yujia who live in other countries take it more seriously than we do and that is so sad. She came to our country scared that gun violence could effect her if she were to come here. Gun violence is a serious issue in our lives and gun control needs to be improved. Her exhibition was absolutely amazing and she truly taught me so much.

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Classmate Conversation(s)

On Wednesday April 12, I met up with Sarina and John. I know the guidelines were to meet up with someone old and new, but honestly it has been so long since i have talked to John so we thought we should catch up again! Update on Sarina and I, we are actually very good friends now! We have similar classes together and just get along very well, I’m super happy about that! Sarina mentioned that yes, school has gotten harder but she is still determined to declare her major (social work) in a timely manor. She is about to turn 19 soon, May 4th to be exact. And she plans on taking some summer courses at LBCC to speed up the process! Freakin goals.!                                                                                       And for John, well everything pretty much is the same. He is super excited for school to be over and for summer to start. He is doing well in all of his classes and everything just seems to be going smoothly so that’s good too!

It was so nice catching up with John, and its always a good time with Sarina because she is actually a good friend of mine now. With that being said, we forgot to take a picture, so here is a silly one of Sarina and I in our Comm 110 class.


Week 10 Artist Conversation

Exhibition Information

Artist: Amy Duran
Exhibition: Forever By Your Side
Media: Ceramics, Mixed-Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Instagram: @polkadot.ponyimg_3803.jpg

Week 9 Activity: Graffiti Art 

I came into this activity with very high expectations. I thought it was going to be easy and a lot of fun. Boyyyyyy was I wrong. 😂 I went to Walmart, buying like $2 cans of black and white spray paint. Bad call on my part because I definitely got the cheapest paint in all ways possible. I was super excited to get this activity going. To create my art, I bought a giant box of cardboard because I wanted it to look awesome. Hahaha NO. I drew my name in bubble letters (which was wayyyyy harder than I thought it could ever be). I then outlined the letters with black…. or grey…….. the paint was very light and didn’t even look black! 😦 I had to reapply the paint like 3 times just to show my actual name. After that I then outlined it in white and it came out kind of okay. Overall, from this activity, I have a stronger appreciation for graffiti artist. It’s a lot more work than one may think. Other than that, I had a lot of fun doing this activity (even though it was stressful) I learned a lot and have a great appreciation for any graffiti art that comes my way now.