Week 14 – Artist Conversation – Katie Bickerstaff

This week there was a total of nine artist who are all currently working on their BFA. They were in the collection: “Figment”.
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Although only one artist was available, Lourdes Martinez, Katie Bickerstaff’s piece caught my attention. Her piece was:
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This caught my attention because I knew right away it was the issue of sexualizing women’s nipples. There have been many campaigns, protests, and documentations of “Free the Nipple” which focuses on gender equality and double standards; yet, the fact that men can be shirtless and show their nipples in public is okay, but if women were to show their nipples, it would cause major issues. Women’s breasts were just seen as  mammary glands to feed their infants,  but it wasn’t up until post-World War II, when nipples became a form of taboo through magazine ads, Hollywood films, and “gentlemen’s magazines”. “Free the Nipple” is a rising issue on social media, feminist, young women, and has been a topic of debate.

Week 14 – Classmate Conversations (Group) –

This week the two classmates I interviewed were Erika Cobarrubias (https://erikacobyy.wordpress.com/) (left) and Alicia Jones (https://aliciachristinajones.wordpress.com/) (right).
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Erika is a 2nd year student at CSULB with a major in Kinesiology. She originally inteded to attend UCI for UC schools, but CSULB was her first choice for a public university. Erika commutes and lives at home in Cypress. She has two siblings, likes to hike, draw, loves Disneyland, alternative rock, EDM, loves the color turquoise, likes makeup, Japanese food, and currently drives a 4Runner. She is currently employed at Dairy Queen and is a part of ZTA. With her Kinesiology major she intends to become a physical therapist or an occupational therapist. Over winter break, Erika plans on eating a lot.

Alicia is also a 2nd year student at CSULB, but with a major in Film. With her major she intends to work into film editing. She is a cheerleader and coaches cheerleaders as well. Alicia is from Los Angeles and went to Gahr High School in Cerritos. Her favorite color is purple. Over winter break, Alicia plans on spending time with her family, eating a lot, catching up on sleep and Netflix.

As for the question of the week: “What art has made the biggest impact in your life… and why?”
Erika said music is the type of art that influences her as well as manga because she can use them as a reference to draw.
Alicia said music has made the biggest impact in her life because there’s different types of music for different types of emotions, dancing because she can showcase any emotion and it really impacted her because it’s close to cheer and cheer is a big part of her life and feels more comfortable while she’s cheerleading because it lets her truly express herself.

Week 13 – Classmate Conversation – Alexandra Mendoza

Alexandra Mendoza
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(https://alexandram2363.wordpress.com/)

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.
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Week 12 – Classmate Conversation – Nicholas “Nick” Ramirez

Nicholas Ramirez
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(https://nicholasdramirez.wordpress.com/)
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

Miguel Lopez
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(https://mlopez0801.wordpress.com/)
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.