Week 12 Art Experience: Ethnography


For this week’s assignment, I decided to spend my night without electricity. I chose my room because I figured I would be the most comfortable here and it wouldn’t bother me to be in my place of comfort without electricity. At first it was hard because I was tempted to be on my phone in my dark which is what I usually do when Im bed before I go to sleep. I also like to watch TV while I’m in bed and watch netflix. I realized how much of a habit it is to watch TV and be on my phone when I couldn’t do these things at my leisure. I also like to sleep with my blankets over my self with the fan blowing air on me. But I just had to sleep without the bed sheets over me and I was fine. It did make me realize tho that I could just do that every night instead of wasting energy.

I ended up falling asleep quickly and woke up great the next day. It’s something I wish I could do every night. Im usually sleep deprived and I tell myself everyday that I will be in bed by 10 PM. The closest Ive gotten to this goal time is 10:40PM. Its quite frustrating because I always end up regretting it the next day and thinking about how much more sleep I wish I could get. I always think about how much sleep I could be getting if I wasn’t on my phone all the time before bed. I realized some habits I need to get rid of and things that I need to change to get better sleep. I always hear about how important sleep is but I never do anything about it because I never really knew what to do about it. After this experience I think not being on my phone will help a lot.

Week 12 Artist Conversation: Alice Andreini

Exhibition Information 

Artist: Alice Andreini

Exhibition: No-Mans Land

Media: Drawing and Painting

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov East Gallery

Website: andreiniart.com

About the Artist 

Alice Andreini is a graduate student at CSULB’s school of art. She is earning her MFA through the Drawing and Painting Program. In her work she challenges the views and perspectives that we have of the world due to the way we are socialized. Some of her interests include poetry and good literature. She stated that her favorite author is Virginia Woolf.

Formal Analysis

Alice’s art exhibition consisted of large paintings that consisted of geometric lines and shapes. Some looked like they represented a golf course while others looked like landscapes like where the ocean meets the land put together through geometric lines and pastel colors that are not typically used to depict environments in nature.

Content Analysis

When speaking to Alice she mentioned that she thought landscapes are not natural. She described how even things that have natural things in them like a gold course are man made. They are maintained by man and put together by man because such a landscape would not exist in nature. This made me think about how I’ve never really seen anything in nature that hasn’t been touched by man. Even if I go on a hike the Angeles National Forest or to the Grand Canyon, all the trails and best views and have been picked and trekked by someone before me. Ive never really see n true nature that hasn’t been modified.

Synthesis/ My Experience 

I really appreciated Alice’s work because it made me think about how man has always added to things in nature and how they have been modified to make it easier for humans to add their thumbprints to things. All of these things in nature that are made for people to experience the “outdoors” are all developed my humans and made to be “safe” for them to explore in most circumstances.


Week 11 Artist Conversation: Sovanchan Sorn

Exhibition Information

Artist: Sovanchan Sorn

Exhibition: this is all i remember

Media: Fiber

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

About the Artist

Sovanchan Sorn is a student at CSULB in the School of Art’s Fiber program. Her art tells of her family’s experience as Cambodian refugees who escaped the regime of Pol Pot. There are excerpts of her family members telling what they went through and what they had to endure. Their experience is heart wrenching and unlike anything I had ever read before.

Formal Analysis

There were pieces in her exhibition that were hung throughout the gallery. They consisted of reflected materials that were light colors. They were white and light pink with pearlescent reflective materials. There were lights that shined upon the hanging pieces which allowed their iridescence to be seen by the audience. There were also excerpts on one wall that consisted of stories of starvation, mistreatment, and distress they endured from living in Cambodia during the time Pol Pot’s regime took over which is one of the worst times in Cambodia’s history.

Content Analysis

Even though the experiences of Sovanchan’s family were times of struggle and pain, the reflective pieces served as sort of a the light at the end of the tunnel following such horrific events. it kind of reminded me that there are things to be learned when we go through something whether they are small or big. Even though they went through thee hard things, they are now able to live better than before which is what the art work represented to me.


I really enjoyed this show. I think its relevance is importance today because even though Cambodia has not been under the regime for many years, it is still suffering its repercussion from that time. I also think the excerpts stuck more with me than the actual pieces that were made by Sovanchan but I think it was an overall great exhibition.


Week 11 Classmate Conversation: Chris Toledanes and Sydnie Santos


This week I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Toledanes and Sydnie Santos. Sydnie is a first year student here at CSULB and she is majoring in psychology. After talking to her for a bit she told me that she was considering changing her major because she felt that psychology wasn’t the option she felt most comfortable with and she was looking at other majors to declare. She is from Cerritos and went to Cerritos High School. She also told me that she played volleyball in high school. Chris Toledanes is senior at Cal State Long Beach and said he will be graduating next year. He is majoring in Computer Engineering. He is originally from Torrance but currently lives in Long Beach.  I also found out that he enjoys playing golf.

They were both great people to work with for the triptych and contributed to the conversation with Glenn about the art that we saw. I thought it was great how Chris mentioned that gun control was a deadly cycle that was never ending because of how people who are getting guns are usually getting them to protect themselves from other people with guns. This was a perspective that I had never thought about and made me think about how it applies to other topics like nations and their weapons of mass destruction and large militaries who do this in an attempt to protect themselves from other countries with militaries and weapons.

Week 10 Art Experience: Architecture and Urban Planning


For this week’s assignment I decided to focus on The USU Wedge. This is the wedge that bothered me the most. I didn’t even know about the FA4 wedge prior to this assignment. I purposely do not park in any of the parking lots or structure near the CBA building to avoid walking through this wedge. I park on the other side of campus near the rec center where I do not need to encounter any wedges of this sort. Of course I can always walk around but then I get frustrated at how it would take me longer and require a few more steps to take but I would lose the same amount of time waiting for the crack to clear of traffic until it is my turn to pass through.

I drew my sketch looking toward Brotman Hall like if you are walking to north campus. To fix this wedge issue I decided to remove the first bench that is seen in one of the photos on the syllabus. By removing this bench I allow more space for people to wall through even before they reach the actual wedge. I find that this bench prolongs the wedge which is part of why it takes so long for groups of people to pass. I also took out the second granite wall that is closes to the beam that contributes to the wedge. This immediately widens that wedge which would make it not a wedge anymore. This would make it a wide passageway that would not cause traffic during campus’s peak hours.

While planning my new structure to get rid of the wedge. I wanted to move the granite wall AND the white beam but I thought of how the white beam served as a support beam to hold the ceiling up so I could not remove that part. The first granite wall and this white beam would be the supporting structures of this part of the walkway that leads into the USU. I had to bargain with this which worked out in the end because it widened the wedge which allowed it to be a “real” walkway.

I think student will probably miss the wedge because it added character but I think it was mostly annoying. I would personally avoid it but now I would be able to park on this side of campus. This would make it easier for any time I schedule classes in the future. I also think that there may not be a Facebook page for this wedge anymore. When I first came to CSULB in 2012 I remember my tour guide mentioned it as “The Crack” and that it had its own Facebook page. This would probably go away or become even more popular depending on how much it is missed.

Week 10 Artist Conversation: Brittany Waters

Exhibition Information

Artist: Brittany Waters

Exhibition: #MoreThanASandbox

Media: Ceramics

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: @artbywaters

Artist Information

The artist Brittany Waters is a student at CSULB’s School of Art. She is earning her Bachelor’s of Fine Art in the Ceramics program. She is originally from northern California but moved to Long Beach and has since found inspiration from the beach city which is what brought #MoreThanASandbox to life. She appreciates nature whether she is at home or in Long Beach. Her art is composed of baby sea turtles which she originally fell in love with on family trips to Hawaii. It tells of the journey that these newly hatched sea turtles must make to the ocean where they encounter many predators where some never make it to the ocean.

Formal Analysis

#MoreThanASandbox is composed of ceramic turtles that were handmade by Brittany. There was also sand in  which the baby sea turtles are “walking” through. One of the walls is a projected moving image of the ocean with waves which where the turtles are walking toward. There was also a beach umbrella and chair for viewers to sit in and take pictures in to hashtag her exhibition. There is also a sort of gallery within a gallery because the artist has a wall on the left when you enter in which she has photos of her Instagram feed that shows the process of her show. There are photos of how the sea turtles are made. We can see turtles before they are painted and the different shades of green that are used to make the exterior match a real life turtle.

Content Analysis

Brittanys show displays how humans have invaded the natural habitat of these sea turtles which is largely due to them being an endangered species. It tells of the struggle that sea turtles go through just to survive. It was almost like an environmental and animal rights statement. I think it also represented Brittany’s personality and her love for nature. Even though it was a telling show about the sea turtles and the invasion of humans into their habitat, it also displays her passion for these animals and tells that she is very aware of what is happening to these innocent creatures.


Synthesis/ My Experience 

When I walked into the gallery to view her show I though it was strange how there was a place for humans to hang out under the umbrella and in the chair because it was right next to the where the sea turtles were nested. I thought, “This isn’t right, both can’t be next to each other.” But this is exactly what happens when humans invade the space of these sea turtles. We impede their survival and contribute to their species’ scarcity. It was an eye-opening experience and made me realize how much we do without thinking about the animals and environment that we are damaging.

Week 9 Art Experience: Graffiti Writing

For this week’s graffiti assignment I decided to do it on a piece of old wooden gate in my back yard. I wanted to do it on cardboard but I didn’t have a paper big enough to do it on because my name consists of 8 letters and bubble letters would have been to good. I quickly realized that it is not easy for me to control the paint can which looked much easier when I’ve seen other people do it. Another challenge I came across was how quickly the paint absorbed into the wood because it was unfinished and very old. I started by writing my name out in a neon green but it went into the wood and looked pale. I think spray painted it black to have a “base” on the wood and went over it with blue paint to create my name. I did my name in regular print as well as bubble letters. I think bubble letters are quite challenging because they require more detail which is hard to do with a can. I wasn’t able to get precision out of a paint can. It made me appreciate how well others can create art with a paint can.

After experiencing this I can definitely say it was not easy. My finger got tired at the end from holding down the spray tip to get the paint out. Even though it was hard, I did enjoy it and found it fun. I think my painting was not “good” compared to what I’ve seen before but I think it was the best that I could have ever created especially since I have never painted with spray paint before. My printed letters came out way better than my bubble letters in the end.

Week 9 Artist Conversation: Dulce Soledad Ibarra


Exhibition Information

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition: Recuerdos

Media: Sculpture

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: dulcesoledadibarra.com

Instagram: @contemporaryfart

About the Artist

Dulce Soledad Ibarra is an undergraduate student at Cal State Long Beach. She is earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Art in the Sculpture Program. When asked about her interests, she mentioned that she loves karaoke. She picks the songs she likes to sing based off of the feedback she gets from the crowd. Although she has a few favorite artists she leaves it up to what the crowd is like that particular night to decide what to sing. Some of her favorites include Selena and Juan Gabriel who are both very influential Mexican singers. She also has a pet rabbit named Echo. In her art she channels the remembrance of her aunt who passed away through her belongings and setting them up in a way that helps her understand why

Formal Analysis

Dulce’s  Recuerdos consisted of her one of her aunt’s possessions that were left after her passing. Her aunt had many belongings and collected dolls, knick knacks, and other objects. These items were dolls that were still in their original packaging, handmade dolls from Mexico that were in traditional dress and with braids, knit blankets, supermarket calendars and yellow furniture. They were set up in what seemed like a random fashion but they were placed so eloquently and everything looked like if it was where it was supposed to be. There also childhood pictures of Dulce as well as other family members.

Content Analysis 

After reading a pamphlet that Dulce wrote about her solo exhibition, the audience learns about her aunts last moments of life and we get to see what exactly she meant to Dulce. She helped raise her and her loss was a great one to Dulce. She is of Mexican descent and we see this a lot in her work. At the end she writes an excerpt in Spanish about her aunt. When speaking to her she states that when she put her show together that she didn’t really make it as a tribute to her aunt but instead used it as a way to understand her aunt. Although she agreed that to some degree it does honor her. She mentioned that her aunt never married and never had children and she never questioned her aunt’s sexuality and neither did her family. It was just what she did and it was accepted. Her aunt’s room also had a lot of yellow in it which we see in the art show as well as in the pamphlet. She described yellow as being a color that represented youth as in babies and toddlers or a really old person. She felt that there wasn’t an age group between these two that it represented.

Synthesis/ My Experience 

When I first walked through the gallery to see Recuerdos, I thought it represented a traditional Mexican home which reminded me of my own upbringing. The super market calendars and handmade dolls reminded me of my own family and things that I grew up with. I though it was very relatable to me. I also appreciated her inclusion of Spanish into her art. I though this added individuality to her work. I was able to read and understand what she wrote in Spanish and it made me think about how hard things in Spanish can be to translate into English. Not because there isn’t a word in English for it but because things in Spanish can have meaning that would need to be described with more than word to get the meaning in English. I like that I was able to grasp this in her work because I feel like there is a huge part that gets misinterpreted or misunderstood when trying to absorb it in English.


Week 7 Artist Conversation: Yoni and Honey

Exhibition Information 

Artist: Yoni Keynan and Caitlyn Hunter (Honey)

Exhibition: Pabbie and Sultanatan

Media: Illustration

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery


Instagram: @yoni_keynan and @honeyaitch

About the Artists

Caitlyn and Yoni are a duo who created Pabbie and Sultanatan together. Caitlyn is an Anthropology major while Yoni is an undergraduate student earning his BFA in Illustration here at the CSULB School of  Art. They created the characters for their show based off of each other. Yoni created Pabbie after Caitlyn and Caitlyn created Sultanatan after Yoni. Caitlyn stated that her interests involved sociocultural endeavors and she enjoys interviewing people from specific cultures and she loves learning about kitchen culture. She described an example of this as exploring men cooking in restaurant kitchens and also stated that she liked talking to people, reading about different cultures, traveling, and adventuring. Yoni described his interests as things like performance where you can express things that you can’t put into words. He likes body movements and how exciting it can be. He likes embracing life and doing things outside of social norms. We talked about picking your nose as an example because he explained how its not illegal but most people are uncomfortable doing it because were always taught not to do that as children.

Formal Analysis

Their work consisted of acrylic paint on paper and a few figurines. A few of the figurines were carved from graphite resin, red wax, and marble dust resin. The painted pieces were very bright and detailed. A lot of the painted pieces were completely painted to where the audience could not see the white canvas underneath. There was also acrylic painted onto small wood pieces that almost looked like miniature canvas pieces. Most of the pieces also had outdoor settings and none of them looked like they were “inside” or enclosed into a specific area.

Content Analysis 

They both mentioned that the surrounding environments of the characters Pabbie and Sultanatan were things that they liked, appreciated, or thought were funny. Yoni talked about old video games and how they inspired his work because of the alternate world they provided and how they offered an aesthetic that you can’t find in the real world sometimes. He found it fascinating how this world could exist even if it was through a screen which I think translated into his work. I think the environments in this show definitely had environments that existed in this world of Pabbie and Sultanatan. I also think Caitlyn’s appreciation of bright colors showed up in her pieces as well because they were some that were so bright and colorful that I almost wished I could be a part of them. There were a lot of jungly environments and monuments in their work that they created.

Synthesis/ My Experience 

I think this Artist Conversation was the best one Ive had yet. Both Yoni and Caitlyn were easy to talk to and made the whole interview completely comfortable. Even though I spoke to two people, when I recall the conversation it feels like one fluid conversation between myself and one other person. I think they make a great duo and compliment each other very well and I think they bring the best out of each other and their art. I appreciated how confident they were in their work and how they spoke of each other. I agree with their ideas on culture and how they brought that into their work through the environments. I left thinking about how there all these “worlds” here in our world that people can escape to whether it be in a video game, our dreams, or different cultures that have completely different ideas and customs from the ones we know and are comfortable with.

Week 8 Art Experience: Finger Painting

This experience was liberating to say the least. I think its satisfying to get your hands dirty and takes me back to childhood where we don’t really care if we get dirty or if food drips down your chin. We’re always taught to wash our hands, to not wipe our hands on our pants, and to not put our fingers in our mouth; and this art experience almost felt like the opposite of that. I was able to get my hands dirty and mix colors while. I think this experience was rather easy because I felt that there no rules. I didn’t have to use a brush or stay within any lines or follow any particular guidelines other than use paint and use my fingers.

When I compare my piece to other paintings that Ive seen I think mine definitely looks amateur but I think it definitely has an abstract feel to it. When i started creating it, I starting moving my hand in a windshield wiper motion to spread the paint on the paper. I started off my putting the paint directly on the paper and spreading it and I also put it on my hand and then put my hand on the paper. I started off with the purple and then added the crimson and orange. I thought the crimson and organdy mixed beautifully so I thought I could create a sun figure and add rays with the purple to give a sort of dimension. Then I added more purpled to give it a round shape and figured this could my moon. I mixed crimson and purple together to create the “craters” on my moon. Since I felt I had a space/solar system them going on I added comets in the upper right portion which I was very satisfied with. I though they came out really cute and looked like they were done with a paintbrush which I liked. I think this activity was fun I would be willing to do another finger painting in my free time.