Wk10- Art Experience-The Wedge


The horror.

The USU Wedge.


Ever since my very first day as a freshman here at CSULB, I have always used the Wedge as a passage to get to where I was going. To be completely honest I think its hilarious that we are doing this assignment to redesign the architecture of it because I have always thought it was a problem as well! It’s a pedestrian traffic nightmare! Like what was going on in the architect’s mind when he decided to design this weird pillar/wall like thing and leave a tiny little space in the corner just big enough for a person to squeeze through? Like, someone please send him or her back to architecture school or something…seriously.



Anyway, after four years at this school and using and observing others use the wedge, I have narrowed it down as to why this causes traffic. The truth is… we are all just LAZY. It is so much easier to pass through the wedge than to walk the 20 steps to go around the pillar/wall thing. But in our defense, we have classes we need to go to and we need to go to them fast so we cannot afford those extra steps and go around. We want to take the easy way.


So with that being said. I have designed my own solution to the problem.

Multiple wedges. ­čÖé

With this giant, gray, marble pillar/wall thing out of the way, I believe the congestion of people in this area with cease and the flow will be as smooth as a river. I have taken the original design and tweaked it just a bit. I decided to take out the dark gray marble wall thing and split it in to several pillars. That way there will MORE THAN ONE WEDGE! I know some people like the wedge and hold much affection for it so I couldn’t completely get rid of it. So I created a few more wedges for students to hurriedly squeeze by while they go to class. That way traffic can flow in and out through the wedge and people don’t have to wait for the line of traffic to stop coming from one direction to go in the other direction. Problem solved! I hope… I’m no architect but this is sure better then the original design. ┬áPeople will definitely talk about what a genius idea this was for years to come. ­čÖé


Wk10- Artist Conversation- Amy Duran

Exhibition Information

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

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About the Artist

Amy Duran is in her senior year at CSULB’s School of Art. She will be graduating this May with her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Her major is Ceramics. She transferred to CSULB to pursue her love for art from Cypress Community College. Duran has always had an interest in the arts ever since she was a little girl. She currently has her own shop on Etsy where she sells special brooches she makes herself using her ceramics talents. She also loves to decorate cakes in her leisure time. Duran is also a huge fan of vintage fashion and nail art. She currently resides in Buena Park with her family where she loves to spend time with her puppy and her bunny.

Formal Analysis

Duran’s specialty is in ceramics. Upon, walking into her exhibition I was met with a large doll house-like ┬ástructure that one could walk into and see her art. Walking in to the dollhouse was ┬álike walking into to a storybook which is exactly what Duran wanted the viewer to experience. On the three walls, she presents scenes that are the visuals for the fable that is being told on the pages of a beautiful gold story book by each station. The visuals are intricate ceramic sculptures of people and animals she has created to accompany the story of a girl who is scared of growing apart from her inner child.

Content Analysis 

In her exhibition, Duran uses the story to express her own personal struggles of feeling like she never belongs and feeling anxiety of forgetting her inner child while moving on to become an independent young woman. In the visuals, she tells the viewer it is okay to feel afraid as an adult, and that after childhood we often feel a nurturing reassurance from the stories we read and watch. For this exhibition she created sculptures of toys and pets that she she once had claiming that it is with these things that we form our first and most intimate relationships with in our lives and that they are memories to be truly cherished.

Synthesis/My Experience

I walked away from Amy Duran exhibition in awe. I completely agree with her that moving into adulthood can be quite a scary journey. It is easy for people to lose themselves in the journey. However,  Duran encourages us to feel free to live out our deepest imaginations because that is where our inner-child will always be alive and unafraid to come out and play.

Wk9-Art Experience-Graffiti

For this week’s art activity we get to do some graffiti! I was really excited to do this activity since I know how to do a little bit of graffiti. I am absolutely not a pro at it but I know the basics. In the 7th grade I took an art class and my teacher taught us how to do block and bubble letter and to make them look 3D. I haven’t really practiced much since then, haha but I called on all those skills I learned to do this activity hoping it would come out decent looking.

So I didn’t go to the Venice Art Walls for this and just preferred to do this at home. I used some acrylic paints I had and a canvas to paint my graffiti on. (My parents didn’t want to let me use a wall in the backyard ­čśŽ lol) It was a beautiful day today so I took my materials outside, made myself a cup of tea and started sketching.

Green tea with a hint of mint.

While I was sketching, my nosy little dog decided to come and check out what I was doing. For her, that means jumping up on the table, stepping all over my canvas and sticking her nose in my paints. -____- She’s too cute to get mad at though haha.

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After I got my dog out of the way, I finished my sketch which actually took me a long time because I’m such a perfectionist. It was a little frustrating. I ended up sketching my last name Garcia. Then the fun part came. The painting! I chose three colors; Blue, Purple and Lavender. I painted each letter by doing a sort of ombre/ color gradation starting with the darkest color blue and ending with the lightest color lavender.

I outlined all the letters with black and added some 3D effect to them. Then, I decided to take a break and took my sister and cousin for some frozen yogurt at Yogurtland. Haha. I wish I had a picture for you but the coconut and Dutch chocolate froyo was WAY too good to stop and take a picture.

But anyway, after that little distraction I came back to finish my graffiti.  I added some white lines to make the shadows stand out more, made some black paint drip off the bottom and DONE. Here is the outcome below.


I’m really glad I got to do this activity and revisit some of my old lessons on graffiti. It was an enjoyable way to spend my evening.

Wk9-Artist Conversation-Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition Information

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Recuerdos
Media: Sculpture, Mixed-Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West
Email: dulce.soledad.ibarra@gmail.com


About the Artist

Dulce Soledad Ibarra is in her senior year at CSULB’s School of Art. She will be graduating this May with her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Her major is Sculpture. She originally came in as a drawing major, but once she became tired of the media she decided to switch to sculpture. She developed an interest in using paper mache and began to create her own pi├▒atas. She also became interested in objects, materials and how everything has a reason for existing. Ibarra has also received her Associate’s Degree in drawing and painting at the Rancho Cucamonga Community College. She currently resides in Chino.

Formal Analysis

Ibarra’s specialty is in creating sculptures. In this exhibition, titled “Recuerdos” ,which translates to “memories”, she shares objects of her aunt who recently passed away. All these objects that her aunt cherished so much, come together to create this beautiful sculpture. The yellow furniture, the countless dolls, clothes and takeaways from celebrations like birthdays, weddings and baby showers take up the space in the gallery to create a room within the gallery.

Content Analysis

Ibarra talks about the value of objects in her work. She claims that objects have always been the first introductions to sculpture. In this exhibition, she shows how her aunt used objects as an outlet and a reference to the traumas she suffered. She says her aunt was a hoarder, but she claims it was about having nothing and then having the opportunity to own something for her aunt. As an undocumented immigrant in this country, her aunt had to deal with the thought of establishing ownership in a country that didn’t want her here and that seeks to throw her out. ┬áHer aunt used these objects to cope with these issues.

Synthesis/My Experience

Ibarra told me that she never understood why her aunt collected all these things. In a way she still doesn’t. And after her death she said that her family were left to deal with these things and it became a burden but she was unable to just throw them away. I really enjoyed speaking to Ibarra about this idea of holding on to objects because I too have some family members who do this and her exhibition really helped me understand why people put so much value into objects.



Wk8-Art Experience-Finger Painting

For this week’s art activity we did finger painting! I love painting and am a painter myself but I’d never tried painting with my fingers before. Also, I’d never made an abstract painting ┬áeither so this was all new to me. So for the materials we used some canvases I had stashed away and some craft paints.

Once again, I had my sister do this art activity with me. I think she’s pretty much done all of them with me. Art is just more fun when you experience with someone else. Anyway, as instructed we only used 3 colors (I choose the primaries red, blue, yellow and Nathalie choose orange, purple and red). Then, we played some music, we got our hands dirty and started painting. We knew it was supposed to be abstract so we tried to just feel the paint like my professor said and let the colors do the talking.


At first I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. As a painter, I’m so used to knowing what is going to be the outcome and having a sketch on the canvas to guide me where to put my brush. So with no brush and no guide I felt a little blind and a little frustrated. After a while of just kind of moving the paint around my canvas it finally started to resemble something! Yay! It kind of looks like a sunset! An abstract sunset of course. And my sister did this rainbow looking painting which was also pretty cool!

My finger painting.
My sister’s finger painting on the right.

Overall, this whole experience was so fun! After it stopped being frustrating, it started feeling kind of nice not to be restricted by a brush and a sketch. I was able to move the paint with my fingers where ever I chose and I think the painting still came out decent.

Wk8- Classmate Conversation-Taylor Hidrata

This week I met Taylor Hidrata. Taylor is a 2nd year Sophomore here at CSULB and her major is Speech Therapy. I didn’t really know what that was so she explained that it is therapy to help young children that have trouble speaking or for people that have been in an accident and have lost certain motor skills. She decided to go into this field because she really wants to work with children. She told me her aunt is also a speech therapist and she was really interested in what she does.

Taylor is from Cerritos which is not far from Long Beach. In her free time she enjoys playing basketball at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center with her friends. She also told me that she is in a sorority. It is called Chi Delta Beta and it is a cultural based sorority which takes up a lot of her time. She goes to all the charity events they hold. Overall, I thought Taylor was a really nice and outgoing person!


Wk7- Artist Conversation-Elena Roznovan

Exhibition Information

Artist: Elena Roznovan
Exhibition: Stop & Stare
Media: Video Installations
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Instagram: @eroznovan

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About the Artist

Elena Roznovan is a graduate student here at CSULB’s School of Art. She is on her second year and is working on getting her Master’s degree in Fine Arts. Her major is Sculpture. For her undergraduate studies she attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. There, she learned everything she knows about sculpting. She is originally from Moldova, a country that used to be part of the USSR and is next to Ukraine. Her interests in art began with painting and then graduated to installations when she moved to California. Where she is from, California is known for its light and space and therefore decided to create this interactive installation.

Formal Analysis

Roznovan’s specialty is video installations. In this exhibition, she presents a moving image of a California dessert with a projector. With this image she adds colored optical props that make the image seem as if it is 3D or moving although in reality it is still. These square optical props look as if they are windows that one can step through to get to the dessert. The optical frames also have 2D and 4D content that when looked at provide that 3D experience to the viewer.

Content Analysis

Roznovan’s work investigates concepts of phenomenology, time and the way images are constructed. She creates video installations that challenge the viewer’s perception and expectation of moving pictures and the space in which they are standing. For this exhibition she was inspired by the lightness and openness of California’s dessert. Uses the outdoor environment paired with optical props that promote the mediation of one’s perception through phenomenology of the time and space.

Synthesis/ My Experience

Roznovan claimed that when people see her installations they can sometimes feel anxious when their perception is altered or they can feel calm and meditate. My experience seeing this installation was the latter. I walked in, sat down and stared at her projection. I felt so serene looking at the image. After a few moments it felt as if I was no longer there at the gallery and was actually transported to the dessert in the image. Truthfully, it was a wonderful experience and I have never seen art like this before. I do wish that Elena goes very far with her art.

Wk7-Classmate Conversation-Megan Maeda

For this week’s classmate conversation, I talked to Megan Maeda.

Megan Maeda is a Freshman here at CSULB. Her major is Japanese but as we were talking she said she had an appointment with an adviser after our class to change her major. She said that Japanese was way too hard so she is going to switch her major to Asian Studies instead. When I asked her why she came in as a Japanese major she claimed she was playing the acceptance game because she knew she would get accepted in the school as a Japanese major like her older sister did. Smart.

Megan is from Corona, California which was so cool because I am from Lake Elsinore which is the city right next to it! We talked about how we have both have gone to the Shops in Dos Lagos in Corona to shop or eat. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends, playing soccer, and Filipino culture dancing. Although she rarely has free time anymore because she has so much homework. She told me  she also likes to have tea parties in her dorm with her friends.

While talking about tea, we found out we have both been to the little Danish town called Solvang near Santa Barbara that has cute antique shops that sell tea sets. She started telling me that there is an ostrich farm near there where you can feed ostriches, when I told her I had been there too! We laughed talking about how big, scary and aggressive the ostriches are.

Some of her favorite foods are grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Her favorite color used to be pink because her hair used to be dyed pink but now it is teal because her hair is teal. She told me she has been dying her hair since she was in the 2nd grade. She decided she wanted to dye her hair when she saw the show Disney 365 and a girl on the show had pink hair. She also dyed it to distinguish herself from one of her soccer teammates on the field who looked just like her at the time.

Megan has two dogs, a Husky named Yuki (Japanese for “snow”) and a Maltese named Rocky who is 11 years old. She also has really cool tattoo and is getting another this week. Overall, Megan is super cool and we had a lot in common. I look forward to getting to know her more in class.


Wk6-Art Experience-Zines and Flip Books

For this week’s art activity I decided to make a Zine book instead of a flip book. I was really inspired by the Zine book gallery at the CSULB student galleries this week. I saw some that were about cooking, Disneyland, and places people have traveled to. I saw one about dogs that were looking to be adopted which gave me an idea to make a zine about my dogs. I have two dogs, Jerry and Chachis. I have a lot of funny pictures of them so I decided to print them and make a zine about their lives.

I got some computer paper and some markers and put together my zine. I called it The Life of Jerry and Chachis…a dog couple. On each page I put pictures of them and wrote a little about what they are like and what they like to do together.20170305_204037

My dog Jerry is 12 years old and he is a Maltese mix. He’s extremely lazy, grumpy and snores pretty loud haha. His dog partner is my other dog Chachis. Shes a Chihuahua-Poodle mix. She’s 5 years old. They love each other very much and had puppies together a few years back. Sadly, we didn’t keep any but they have all been adopted.



Chachis is a pretty hyperactive dog. She loves to go in my car but hates baths with a passion. It’s a struggle every time I have to bathe her.


I especially love the pictures above of them because when they nap together, Chachis is always the big spoon and Jerry is the little spoon.┬áI had so much fun making this little book about my dogs. I couldn’t stop laughing at some of the old pictures I found of them. I think next time I’ll try to make a flip book about their lives and see how that will turn out.


Wk6-A Short Story Inspired by Amy Williams

Exhibition Information

Artist: Amy Williams
Exhibition: MFA Ceramics
Media: Ceramics, Porcelain
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

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The second I walked into Amy Williams exhibition and saw these rope-like strings hanging from the ceiling with these little pods hanging from them, it reminded me of a hammock. I know that sounds a little bit weird but I’ll explain it by telling you this story from my childhood.

When I 5 years old, my 3 other siblings and I lived in this ordinary suburban house. But our backyard had this extremely large, guitar shaped, 9 foot pool with a Jacuzzi on the side. You’d think that this was our favorite part of the backyard but it wasn’t. In fact, it was fenced shut so my younger siblings wouldn’t fall in. But we had this beautiful blue and white woven hammock hanging from one post to another from our wooden patio cover. This is where we had most of our fun in our backyard. My brother who is only about a year and a half older than me, invented this game with the hammock. He called it Rocket Ship. It wasn’t really a game, it was more like an experience.

The whole point of it was to lay on the hammock, horizontally so your full body was on it, then wrap the netting of the hammock all around yourself like you are trapped in a little pod.Then, we would start to swing the hammock back and forth slowly at first, then sped it up. While the whole time my older brother was narrating the whole thing saying “we almost have lift off.” And then he would shout, “Blast-off!” and we would spin the the hammock so hard that it was going in circles and upside down while the sibling inside screamed their head off. It was like a crazy carnival ride. When they got so dizzy and couldn’t take it any more, they would yell for it to stop and the rocket ship would finally land.

My siblings and I would spend hours playing Rocket Ship almost everyday. Until one day, the poor hammock could not take the abuse any longer. It ripped through the center during blast-off sending one of my brothers flying into outer space. He was fine, but the hammock wasn’t. It ended up looking like one of William’s art pieces. Which kind of ties in to her theme of fragility. The hammock was very fragile as we learned. The cloth ropes ripped and the hammock unwound into torn strings hanging from the top of the two poles. And with the death of the hammock, came the end of our game.

Our parents never bought us another hammock. It wasn’t until almost 15 years, and a new house later (with no pool unfortunately) that we got another hammock. This one is red and white and a lot sturdier since its made of rope. And it hangs under our wooden patio cover just like the first. But now, my siblings and I are too old and big for such games. Instead we just sit on it and swing like normal boring people do. But I’ll never forget Rocket Ship. So I thank Amy William’s exhibition for reminding me of one of my favorite childhood memories.

R.I.P. Rocket Ship.