WK7- Artist Conversation- Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Artist: Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibition: Doodles in Space

Media: Tissue paper

Gallery: Werby Gallery

Instagrams: @juliaanaa22b, @tidawhitney

For this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure of meeting Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek who put together an astonishing exhibit: Doodles in Space. Both of them are currently students attending CSULB working towards their BFA in the Drawing and paint program. Juliana had a passion for drawing, but wasn’t serious about it in high school and didn’t view it as something she could build a career out of. It wasn’t until she went without art for a semester in college that she was able to realize how important it was to her. She mainly focuses on improving and gaining a solid foundation in art techniques. As for Tidawhitney, she has always loved art. Her parents weren’t able to afford the tools that she needed such as paint. She experienced and worked with painting more as she got to high school.

Their exhibition was covered all around with white and black different types of paper. They used other types of paper such as toilet seat covers to deck out the entire installation. On the walls, there were different types of ways it was incorporated: bunched up, crumpled, cut up, hanging from the ceiling, plastered from the walls, and so forth.  It took them almost three days to finish.

Both of the artists got their inspiration from doodling on paper. This installation reflects their title due to the fact that everything was just kind of placed wherever. There were so certain spots, it seemed like everything was just put together. Black and white gave a simplistic feel to it, even though there were many things going on in this exhibit.

Upon walking into this gallery, I was shook. I didn’t know how else to react and I thought it was pretty neat how the whole exhibit was covered. Not a single space was missing. I am very fond about how they were able to assemble this installation with only black and white paper. It’s something very inexpensive and this is just a masterpiece. It honestly does live up to their name “doodles in space”. I believe it’s something everyone does.. whether it’s daydreaming or drawing it out in paper. I can only imagine this is what one would think of when their mind is just endlessly thinking of nonsense.

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