Week 13 – Classmate Conversation – Alexandra Mendoza

Alexandra Mendoza

Alexandra is a bilingual, 20 year old third year student at CSULB with a major in Communications and a minor in Recreation and Leisure Studies. She’s from Norwalk, CA and works as a security. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite animal is a horse. She is from Michoacán which is located in Mexico. The question of the week was: “What is your definition of art 13 weeks ago versus now?” She says that now when she looks at art she pays more attention to detail and admires the little things nature has to offer her.


Week 13 – Artist Conversation – Shahrzad Ahrar

Shahrzad Ahrar transferred to CSULB to get her Masters in Fine Art and Graphic Design. She said when she got accepted into this program she thought it was interesting because it’s a program that she had to plan everything out, chose her thesis, and move on toward making projects based on her thesis. She said she has always been interested in art since a child and took many art classes during high school. Shahrzad migrated to America from Iran to escape the war in her home country. Her collection “Wake” was based on a few of her acquaintances and friends who have also migrated to the United States. She created art that was based on their stories through interviews, paintings, and more. Some of her artwork was a wallpaper fabric and design where behind some of the prints you can hear the story of the people she interviewed on migrating to the United States. For the kaleidoscope she made, they were used to represent the different major events in these immigrants lives. She used colorful objects inside the kaleidoscope to which she used those little objects as representation of the other immigrants stories. Some of these objects were money, holiday symbols, gender symbols and much more.

I really enjoyed this collection because it was interactive with the audience and I think it makes the viewing experience more pleasurable by using more than 1 of the 5 senses. I also liked the bowl that said to take a piece of the experience with you.

Week 12 – Activity – EPortfolio

I have yet to take any major classes for my major (psychology), but I intend to later on change this website to inform my audience of my research, research methods, and statistics based on those research and comparative research methods, but for now I will write of my academic experience at CSULB. I also do plan to keep my art assignments but in a different category and keep this new information in another category so for whoever is interested can briefly read about my experiences at CSULB, but my main category will be of psychology. This was the first website I ever created that wasn’t a form of social media, and it has broaden my experience from this website and learning more about other computer website layouts. It was a bit of a challenge to decide which layout to use, but for now what I chose will do. I was able to add a “about” menu and will later on add more menus.

Week 12 – Classmate Conversation – Nicholas “Nick” Ramirez

Nicholas Ramirez
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Nick is a fourth year student at CSULB with a major in Kinesiology. With this major he intends to become a personal trainer and get plenty of experience with that, to then eventually own his own gym. Nick’s hobbies are: snowboarding, wave boarding, drawing, working out, and going on Netflix. To Nick, art means a form of freedom of expression, a way to transfer ones thoughts to paper, music, or whichever form of medium one uses. As for the question of the week: “What color activates you and what color calms you” Nick said, red activates him and the colors that calm him are blue and green.

Week 12 – Artist Conversation – Christopher Linquata

Christopher Linquata’s collection is shared along with artist Mike Kent, this collection is called, “Sacred & Profane”. This is Christopher’s last semester as a student at CSULB with a major in representational drawing and painting. The medium used for this collection was acrylic paint. The largest painting displayed in his collection took him four months to complete, and the preparation took about 5 and a half months, overall 6 and a half months total. he said that the idea behind the paintings are up to the audience to interpret, but otherwise for Christopher, it’s all made up by religious and mythological stories in modern times. He is inspired by renaissance paintings and street art. In his collection, this painting took place in “Sunken City” in San Pedro. To discover more of Christopher’s work, his Instagram is: icon5350.
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I really enjoyed viewing his collection, his art looks as if someone has captured a picture of the “perfect day” with friends. This collection to me, appears to represent bliss and simplicity.

Week 11 – Activity – Fiber Art: Wall Hanging

For this week’s activity, we were supposed to do some form of fiber art and hang it on the wall. I didn’t know what to do at first. I thought maybe I could sew something onto something and call it art, but I thought that, that would of been too simple and also I lend my sewing mashing to my aunt. I saw that I could tie dye and thought that it would be fun. I had never tie dyed so I thought it would be something fun to try out. I found an old white stained sweater and decided to try it out. I only used one color because I was a little worried that if i used multiple colors it would bleed together and come out ugly. After I tie dyed the sweater I was pretty impressed by how it came out, I even thought about wearing it. Then I thought maybe I could add more to this sweater, so I drew on the back. The drawing didn’t come out as well as I hoped but I’d still wear it. After I hung it on the wall I thought it was still plain so I put pictures on it that I saved to scrapbook later. The pictures below are in chronological order, but I forgot to take a before photo of my sweater.
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Overall, I liked how it all turned out.

Week 11 – Classmate Conversation – Miguel Lopez

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Miguel is a second year Mechanical Engineering major at CSULB. He really enjoys Mexican and Italian food and his hobbies include: playing soccer, playing instruments (guitar and accordion), and hanging out with friends. To Miguel, art has different meanings. He said that art depends on the individual rather than the artists’ meaning. He believes every art piece should be up to the audience to interpret. As for the question of the week: Are Tattoo’s art? Does it matter if you’re involved in designing a unique tattoo for yourself, or pick one from a book? What tattoo would you get? Miguel says tattoos are art because it’s a way of expressing yourself. He doesn’t think it matters if you design your own tattoo or pick one, but thinks it would be more symbolic to design one yourself. He also said he would design his own tattoo of a cross with his mother’s name.

Week 11 – Artist Conversation – Kathy Yoon

Kathy Yoon is a senior at CSULB with a major in ceramics. She cannot wait to graduate, but still has yet to really know what she wants to be (career wise). She does though have some hope in working in a fine art studio for entertainment of character design. For this collection she used the method of coiling to help shape the figures of her ceramic pieces. Each piece took her 2-3 weeks to complete. Her figures are pretty basic, but uses red yarn which meant something symbolic and precious to her. Although she’s not sure what the real theme of her collection is, every ceramic figure is based off events in her life. To see more of Kathy Yoon’s work her Instagram is: kathy.c.yoon
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I really liked her collection. Some of her figures I felt that I could emotionally relate to, but the pieces that were isolated had a bigger impact and must be more of a significant event than the ones that are pieced together.

Week 10 – Activity – Game Design: Geocaching

This week’s activity was Geocaching. I had never heard of it, but thought it was pretty interesting. In my Altoids tin container I placed 2 little items: a I Heart LB State pin and a decorate magnet. I placed it under a convenient doggy bag box in a neighborhood nearby CSULB. I tried to find the geocach that was at CSULB’s pyramid, but was unsucessful. I tried in other areas when I was in Hollywood and Palos Verdes. I saw on the Geocaching app that there were other geocaches in the area, but I had to upgrade to Geocaching premium in order to to begin the navigation. I thought this activity was actually pretty cool because it was like a scavenger hunt. I would try again.

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Week 10 – Artist Conversation – Thomas Cressman

Thomas Cressman’s artwork collection is called Living Forms. He is currently a fifth year student at CSULB and majoring in metal work. He loves to make metal artwork mostly inspired by marine animals and the marine habitat in general. Most of his artwork is made up of metal, copper brass, steel, and silver and manipulated into the shape of mushrooms. He said the ocean inspires his artwork more than anything because it’s a whole new world. He has been interested in art since he was in middle school. He has sold a few of his artwork unless he uses for art shows and receives commission for selling his artwork. I have been always interested in marine habitats and was easily able to figure most shapes of his work. Most of his pieces displayed where in various shades of blue which were very beautiful. To discover more of Thomas’ work, his Instagram is: thom_cress6
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