WK13- Classmate Conversation- Roy

This week I was able to meet Roy! From first impressions, I can tell he was someone that was really cool and just seemed to go with the flow of things. I learned that he is a first year here at CSULB and currently resides in Carson. He commutes to school and so far, he is enjoying CSULB. In high school, he was interested in basketball and in his free time he usually just likes to kick back and watch some netflix. His major is Political Science and he hopes to use that in order to become a lawyer and go to law school. We both really enjoy the fact that college has much more freedom than in high school. It was nice meeting Roy and hopefully I see him more often to have more conversations! IMG_8416.JPG

WK13- Artist Conversation- Krystal Ramirez

Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Exhibition: La Cena Está Servida (Dinner Is Served)
Media: Steel, copper, brass, silver
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino
Website: www.kgrmetalcraft.com
Instagram: @kgrmetalkraft

Krystal Ramirez had an interest in art and jewelry making when she was younger, she even attended an art school. Ramirez is currently a student as CSULB. She is a metalsmith artist majoring in 3D media. She is working towards her Bachelors in Fine Arts. Her proximity is pretty close to here, since she is from Huntington Beach.

For this exhibition, it was arranged in a way as if one were to have dinner in their cozy home. Most of these objects were made of different types of metals that gave off different tones. Tools such as forks, scissors, cups, and so on were on plates in replacements of the food. Each tool complimented each other on the plate and nothing seems unusual or out of place. It took about three years in order to arrange and make this piece come to life.

The inspiration that came from this was the idea that the dinner table is the heart. This is where family matters are discussed, serious or silly. Dinner time was a way for everyone to get together and share their stories, laughs, cries. Ramirez often feels nostalgic as she thinks back to the truths and stories that were told at the dinner table. It’s almost like it is a safety place anyone in her family to look forward to coming home to.

The way everything was arranged was perfect. Everything complimented each other and upon talking to her, I realized there was a deeper meaning to this. Dinner is something I also do look forward to having with my family as well. Being a busy college student, I rarely get to sit down with everyone in the family to have dinner and talk. It is quite unfortunate with my busy schedule, so it is something I value having every time I am able to get the chance to. IMG_8410.JPG.jpeg

WK12-Art Experiences-Ethnography

This project was something I was afraid of experiencing. It is truly a bad habit, but I am extremely dependent on my electronics to keep me entertained. So, I was thinking about this the whole day: What should I do without electricity??? I started to do things such as playing outside with my dogs and taking them for a walk. I even jogged around the neighborhood for a bit. Then when it got extremely dark, the first thing that came into mind was to stay in bed. I laid in bed wondering what I could do and I thought to myself: I haven’t read a book in a while! So, that’s exactly what I did, I lit up a candle and started to read a couple of my old cosmopolitan magazines I had lying around.

After an hour or two passed, I was just so bored because I didn’t know what else to do so I fell asleep right away. Surprisingly enough, it was extremely easy to fall asleep since I know it should be a habit to turn off your electronics an hour or two prior to bed.

This experience made me realize how hard it was to resist staying away from my phone. Whenever I felt like there was nothing else to do, I wanted to reach for my phone so bad but I wanted to see how long I was able to last. I guess the solution was to just force myself to sleep.


WK12-Artist Conversation- Travis Lober

Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: WORK: it’s a four letter word
Media: printmaking
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: n/a
Instagram: n/a

When Travis Lober was young, he was quite interested in art. All of his family members around him enjoyed art; even his dad received a Bachelor in Fine Arts. He was into trades and also a construction worker. He is currently a student here at CSULB Art School, pursuing his BFA and masters in printmaking.  Lober was a freelancer for kitchens and bathrooms. The inspiration from this exhibit came from his job as a construction worker.

The feel for his artwork is very realistic, mostly two-toned. They are all based on woods and tools as if it were attached to the building.  He went the route of choosing cool toned colors in order to prevent the bright ones from over doing the whole art work.  They all look like they belong together and definitely sets the tone of the room. There is nothing that screams at you, with bright colors.

It’s A Four Letter Word was influenced by his job, a construction worker. He discovered a passion for tool use and all around were filled with a variety of tools. Each work of art required construction and assembling, contrary to his job. It took about three years to finish these pieces. He was able to conform in his art work; rather than speaking he would like to communicate through his art.

This was quite an interesting exhibit since Lober was able to make a connection with his side job and passion. Each of these pieces all fit together and I like how it didn’t require much colors to catch my attention. It definitely shows through his artwork that it wasn’t something he just painted mindlessly, he put thought into his artwork in order for the viewers to understand the connection. 

WK11-Artist Conversation- Yujia Gu

Artist: Yujia Gu

Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence In The USA

Media: Graphic Design

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: yujiagn.squarespace.com


Yujia Gu is currently  majoring in graphic design. She is an international student from china and also received her BFA there. She has been in the United States for three years now and prior to coming here, her mother was extremely worried about her safety. Her mom was afraid due to the fact that she has herd a lot of talk about gun violence and a variety of instances where international students who get harmed, or even killed, by guns.

Throughout the entire exhibition, Gu reveals many statistics and facts relating to gun violence. There are things such as a projector to display the people who were shot during the last 72 hours. Gun violence is an extremely serious issue here in the United states that probably seeing it on the news is nothing new to the people who live here. That being said, something needs to change.

The inspiration for this exhibition all started with her mom. As I’ve discussed before, her mom was terrified to send her here to study internationally.  This project took about a year as she was surprised at the large number of how many people’s lives have passed due to gun violence. The purpose of this whole exhibit is to raise awareness for people to be more cautious with guns.

I though this exhibit was really well put together. This is something we see everyday in the news, and it’s honestly quite tragic. I believe that some people use guns so carelessly and there needs to be a change in the world in order to decrease the number of deaths and injuries. The facts are all there and finally seeing it through an exhibit really opens my perspective about this issue. IMG_8311.JPG.jpeg

WK11- Classmate Conversation-Miaya Cox

Today it was a wonderful time meeting a new friend who I’ve not seen before: Miaya Cox. Our conversation was quite interesting, I’ve discovered that she is currently on outstanding graduating senior status. She is graduating as a nutrition major and she has gone a number of places to study abroad. Most of her hobbies include being outdoors such as kayaking, hiking, and definitely traveling. Her friends are coming over from Europe and they are huge car fans. She has asked Donovan and I for some recommendations as to where she should take her friends since Donovan has a huge interest in cars. Other than that, our conversation mostly focused on places to travel and she recommended many places to visit in San Francisco. I really enjoyed this conversation! IMG_8315.JPG.jpeg

WK10-Art Activity- The Wedge

For this traffic issue, I believe that I would entirely get rid of that huge, gray wall. Yet, I would leave the benches due to the fact that I know people wait there for busses and they probably will need places to sit. This will make the space much more roomy and there will be enough space for multiple people to walk through, rather than squeeze through that small space. IMG_8279.JPG.jpegIMG_8291.JPG.jpeg

WK10- Artist Conversation- Brittany Waters

Artist: Brittany Waters

Exhibition: #MoreThanASandbox

Media: Ceramics, photography 

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery

Instagram: @artbywaters

Brittany Waters is a fourth year here at CSULB. She is currently working on her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, specifically focusing on Ceramics. She really has a feel for clay and describes it as something she’s able to express herself through. After graduating, her plans are to shoot for a masters somewhere in Oregon. Upon speaking to Waters, she explains how she was inspired by when she first moved to California. She was interested in the beaches and on top of that, she wanted to raise awareness about the turtles by the San Garbiel River. Humans have invaded their space and hopefully, through social media, it will raise awareness.

In this exhibit, #morethanasandbox, there were approximately 118 hand made ceramic turtles. She explained how it took about three hours to make each turtle.  She has items displayed such as palm trees, sand, some photography pieces, a beach chair, and many more. With these items, it truly enhances your experience and interests the viewer. Waters hopes that this makes humans more aware of the issue  and hopefully are more careful the next time they choose to liter.

She believes that she has a voice for the sea turtles. The beaches in California are much more different than the ones in Hawaii. It seems to be more in the presence of human activity. With that being said, it is much more polluted with unnecessary items that are harming the sea turtles. This exhibit allows the viewer to see how it would be like if baby sea turtles were actually able to live on the beach.

This exhibit was well put together and it was amazing how she was able to use it to raise awareness of the issues going on. For myself, I was unaware that baby sea turtles were going extinct, and after viewing this, it makes me want to educate my friends as well. Hopefully it opens other people’s eyes about this issue.


WK9-Artist Conversation-Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Recuerdos 
Media: Dolls, drawers, piano, closets,
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Dolce Soledad Ibarra is currently studying at CSULB to earn her degree in the Bachelors of Fine Arts. She was originally a drawing/ painting major but eventually switched over to sculpture. Most of her inspiration comes from her culture. She is originally from Chino Hills and already received her Associate’s Degree in drawing and painting and Rancho Cucamonga CC.


Recuerdo translates to memories in Spanish. Walking through this exhibit, you see many dolls and some things that give it an ”antique” feel. She explains how some of these are objects shared with her aunt that passed away not too long ago. I believe each of the items displayed in this exhibit triggers some memory or has some story to it.


Ibarra explains how each of these objects mean something to her. Although she calls her aunt a ”hoarder”, it was something that comforted her. She explains before her aunt had nothing, and now she uses it as something to have a physically display of having something for her aunt. I believe we all have some things we can never find ourselves throwing away, no matter how little use it has. Yet, even that small thing probably contains some memory or sentimental value that we would like to keep in order to remind ourselves about it.


I really enjoy viewing exhibits with more physical items, they’re more pleasing to look at. Upon speaking to Ibarra, she mentions how these items were just something her aunt left behind and her family had no idea what to do with them. Of course, they didn’t have the heart to just toss it. I’m glad that this was an exhibit I felt like I could relate to on a personal level since there are some items that are just collecting dust in my room, and I have this urge to throw it away; until I think about all the memories associated with it.



WK8-Art Activity- Finger Painting

When I first heard”finger painting”, I instantly get a little disgusted since it is messy. I am someone who is not fond of getting dirty. Thus, I thought of an alternative. My friends and I were snacking on some chocolate mushrooms and thinking of what to paint with the colors orange, red, and white. So, the first thought is the sun and we mixed all the colors together. It came out to be a nice orange! Next, I was just about to use my fingers until we looked at the wrappers and instantly thought we should use those as “gloves” in order to finger paint. It was a fun experience since I enjoy playing with paint.. but I just don’t like getting dirty! IMG_8176.JPG.jpegIMG_8177.JPG.jpeg