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 4: Artists Conversation: Tidawhitney Lek, Emily Hernandez, & Jamie Strassenburg

“Disposable Thoughts” -Tidawhitney Lek & Daniel A. Rivera Echeverria
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The idea behind “Disposable Thoughts” is how we dispose our thoughts to the world. The napkins are a collection of thoughts we expose or dispose. The napkins are represented as a reminiscent storytelling of our history. As I interviewed Tidawhitney she had a lot to say about this masterpiece. She said what’s on the napkins are thoughts. She strongly believed that thoughts keeps one unfocused and emotional. The medium she used was napkins. This piece is made of 1,000 napkins that were sewn together. She said the most difficult part of this piece was sewing the napkins together and installing it in the gallery especially because it was so fragile and could tear at any moment. When this piece was installed, figuring out how the audience was going to see it was a challenge too. She said Daniel Rivera proposed how to display the piece, and that was to display it as a tunnel. Sewing and installing this artwork both took about 35 hours.

Emily Hernandez’s oil collection:
Emily Hernandez painted a self portrait of herself which took over 20 hours. Her next painting is called “The Split” of two cats eating noodles.

“Inuit Mythos” -Jamie Strassenburg
Intuit Mythos was inspired by Native American art. This piece shown is called “Pukimna”. “Pukimna” was the guardian of caribou herds. To see and learn more about Jamie Strassenburg’s artwork, her website is http://www.jamiedraws.com/

Although I did not have a conversation with these two artists I still wanted to share their incredible artwork:
“Women in Bathtub” -Hu Zichao, Medium: Oil on canvas
“A Peeking Black Cat” -Lui Yimiao. Medium: Color pencil on paper

Week 3: Artist Conversation: William Brigham

William Brigham’s artwork was displayed in the Merlino Gallery. I chose to upload these pictures of his artwork because they were so beautiful. The Medium he used was clay, ceramics, and used copper, brass, nickel and silver for the piece in the middle. He said that his pieces were not painted on separate mosaic pieces but were actually patterns that ran throughout his piece. I couldn’t find the right words to describe how beautiful his pieces are and how talented he is.  I just stand back in awe.