Artist: Ingrid Michelle Gonzalez
Media: Wood, Epoxy resin
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Ingrid Michelle Gonzalez is from Canoga Park, California. She has been fascinated with art since she was a child. She attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Then she transferred to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. It is her second year at CSULB and she will be graduating next year. Gonzalez is majoring in 3D Media with an emphasis in Wood. She has always had an interest in wood. Her first wood project was a pedestal. Then, after coming to CSULB, she learned some electrical skills and became interested in how she could incorporate lamps into her wood projects. She hopes to continue to experiment with different types of materials using the knowledge she’s gained at CSULB’s School of Art Wood Program.
Gonzalez’s specialty is wood. To create this exhibition she created lamps using techniques such as wood turning, spindle, and color theory. She has made different color lamps using a material called epoxy resin and balloons to mimic the circular shape for what would be shading the light bulb. Most of the stands for her lamps are straight and smooth with some curves going up the stand for detail.
Walking into the exhibition, I immediately sensed the vibe that was created with the dimmed lighting from Gonzalez’s lamps, the colors that glowed, and the beat of the pulsating music that was softly playing in the background. She is trying to share her interests through her art. She says that she makes functional art that reflects her interest in color, shape, rhythm, and repetition. She also says that she hopes to one day make the light of the lamps pulse to the beat of the music.
Synthesis/ My Experience
I was very intrigued with Gonzalez’s work. I had never seen a wood exhibition before or anything else that had to do with lamps. I truly enjoyed learning about how she creates her art pieces and what influences her to create what she does. I believe it is most satisfying to see one’s own interests come alive in a physical form like she did with hers. Her ideas of experimenting with materials and letting them unfold organically really resonated with me. I hope to one day try to bring my own interests to life as well.