Wk 10 – Artist Interview – Marguerite Freed, Yee Li, and Sophia Dao

Marguerite Freed, Yee Li, and Sophia Dao’s pantings all caught my attention. One of the biggest paintings that was in the gallery grabbed my attention the most because of the color. It had different shades of red and looked like an overall magenta to me. Magenta is one of my favorite colors, it’s even the color of my room. I wasn’t sure what to think at first, or at all. It just looked cool to me and I liked the colors. I took pictures of the two that looked similar in color.

After reading her statement, I do come to realize that the paintings to bring some kind of anxious and disruptive feelings. The paintings look like “everywhere” and make you feel a bit nervous and looks like there are many things going on. Honestly, I just liked the colors of the painting and that is why I chose it. It wasn’t as interesting as the other painting of sculpture that i have seen. The ones that are open to interpretation are the ones that always seem to make me think more. Because as soon as I know what the creator intended, it is no longer intriguing.


Wk 10 – Classmate Interview – Bryanna Duckwitz

This week I met the lovely Bryanna Duckwits. She initiated the conversation and interview when she asked me if I was in the Art 110 class. My first impression was that she was at least a second year for some reason. Yet, she is a first-year like me also. At first she thought she wanted to major in Kinesiology, but changed her mind like many students. She is now pursuing a career in social work. When she realized how much science was involved in trying to pursue a degree in Kin, that is when she decided to major in something else.

Bryanna told me about her high school experience and we shared some things in common. We both used to live at school. I lived at Artesia high while she lived at Santiago High School. She told me about her experience being involved in ASB, the Hip-Hop dance team and being apart of the sports medicine club at school. That is when she thought she wanted to continue on in some sort of medical and sports field. She seemed to be constantly busy and always running around from one activity to another, and I was able to empathize with her. We were both actively involved with school, but still enjoyed our time.

Now we share the chance of being able to experience the adventures that Long Beach has to offer. Along I live at home, Bryanna was able to leave her Anaheim home and dorm at the Beach. I’m jealous she was able to dorm! She always shared with me that she has two older sister, one older brother, and two younger sisters. She has a big family but I think that’s pretty cool. She also shared how she is spontaneous and I believe her. She gave me the impression that she is a fun and outgoing person that doesn’t say no to adventure. It was nice meeting her this week!


Wk 8 – Activity- ePortfolio

Expressing myself is something very difficult for me sometimes. I have always loved taking photos and being creative behind the camera lens. This week I tried to make my website more “me” by adding some of my favorite photos. For example,he banner at the top of my website is a picture I took of the lighthouse at the Pike in Long beach. I also added an extra page on my website that shows many different photos I have taken. Some of my family and places I have vis

It goes to show that I am more of a person who loves to be behind the camera rather than in front. I attempt to be creative in many ways and looks portray a vision I have in mind. One of my favorite photos is when I visited the Railroad Museum and took a picture of my friend and cousin. I thought that it was a pretty cool way to show where we were and who was present. Photography is something I hope to be able to continue with later on in life.

You can check out more photos at https://vasquezdiana.wordpress.com/photography/

Wk 8 – Artist Interview – Christopher Michael Linquata

I am the type of girl that has to be kept busy, if not I tend to get bored very easily. Walking through the galleries, I literally walked through and past many art works that I am sure took hours to put together. Yet, I was not intrigued at all. It wasn’t until I came across Christopher Michael Linquata’s paintings that I finally stopped. It had so much color and looked very realistic to me. I am not sure what exactly caught my attention the most first. It’s a casual but very colorful painting that I am also took many many hours to start and finish. Of his three paintings I found this one the most interesting because there isn’t much to figure out. It’s so casual and looks like a photo of two random men sitting around and waiting for something. Those are the types of works that catch my attention the most. “What did the artist intend, there has to be more meaning that it just being so straight forward,” I thought. I wish I was able to ask what exactly he painted this picture for. It’s beautiful because of its colors and how vivid it is. The painting makes me think more of the artist train of though rather than how long it took to create the piece itself. I wonder if these two men were real people or just a figure of his imagination. How did he decide the colors and do they reflect in some way of the feelings of the artist, or maybe the two men. Just this simple vivid painting brought up so many questions, but all in all, it is very beautiful.

Wk 8 – Classmate Interview – Alonzo Urita

Meeting other first year students is always a pleasure. This has to be one of the activities I enjoy more because I does force me to get to know new people. Reaching out of my comfort zone, I met Alonza Urita, obviously a first-year CSULB student. He is one of the few guys I know that played volleyball in high school. Which I should have seen coming because he is pretty tall, or I’m just really short.. Alonzo shared how he is from South Gate, my first thought was about how far it was. He explained how it is pretty close and how where he lives it borders with Long Beach. Therefore, since it is fairly close, he does commute everyday. Which does not give us both a chance to get very involved with school, although he does plan to join a fraternity next year.

Alonzo shared that he is undeclared, but is going to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering. At first he thought he wanted to receive a  degree in Graphic Design, but he thought it through. I believe, if I didn’t misinterpret him, he wanted to get a degree in something that will be able to give him a more secure and promising career. Since Graphic Design is not necessarily in demand, he decided to pursue Mechanical Engineering. In this situation, I was able to relate to him because, as much as I love film and photography, it is not in demand. Switching my major, I also want something that will give me more security for my future. Alonzo was a pleasure to meet!


Wk 7 – Artist Interview – Kenita Hale’s The After Party

Plain hanging curtains would not exactly be in the category that I consider art. Confused, I was not sure what was going on, or what was the purpose of the hanging sheets. It wasn’ t until I saw people coming out of the little tent that I realize the art work was inside. I felt a little dumb, but better late than never. Walking inside, I had no idea what to expect. I see a little sculpture/alter-looking piece filled and surrounded with lit candles. Yet there was another tombstone-looking sculpture behind it and all around also. It seemed like a sanctuary. The only thing  that lit up the area were actual candles themselves. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but it was very calm and peaceful. The statues were a representation, but when I see candles it gives off a relaxation vibe to them. For some reason the many many candles intrigued me.The whole set up did remind me of some kind of memorial. It seem like that statues were more like alters representing someone. My guess was somewhat in the ball park of what Kenita Hale was trying to portray with her sculpture, “The After Party.”

It turns out the things the candles surrounded are alters and faces made out of clay and bronze. They are her representations of real people who were once circus performers, these people were greatly mistreated. She goes on to explain each face on the alter is different and are tributes to real people who people though of as freak shows. It seemed to break Hale’s heart that their deformities greatly contributed to them being mistreated. Yet, being born with a disease, incapability or something uncommon is not in their hands; they have no control over these things. In representation of their disfigurations, she used burl wood. Hale explains how it looks like a disease on trees. When created her piece, she did research and paid tribute to whoever’s story touched her the most. Along with the face sculptings, she printed out cards with the stories behind each face, or person. Hale went into deep meaning with her artwork because how she realized theses circus performers are human also. They have feelings and bleed red like everyone else. I am still not exactly sure why it is called the after party, but her sculpture was very interesting and caught my attention the most.

Wk 7 – Activity – Spray Painting “Diana”

Art is a complex thing to understand. I used to think people would spray paint just to tag, or “mark their territory.” Yet, it is art also. It is just a different type of art that people are not used to seeing. There are specific groups of people that did give the art of spray painting a bad reputation. Although I did not get a chance to necessarily visit Venice beach this weekend, I know about the interesting art work that is created there. I remember seeing the art wall filled with many different pieces of art, it amazes me. When I tried to spray paint my name, it was hard. My hand is not as steady and it really does take an entire skill for it to be completed “the right way.” When I got the chance to do it myself, I wondered how people have the patience, skill, and are able to envision exactly what they are going to paint.

Walking through art galleries is intriguing because everything was made by hand. Art, specifically any form of painting, is the more interesting to me because it is all made by the movements and strokes of the hand. Someone has to know exactly where and what color to paint on the canvas in order for the picture in their head to come to life. I think that is what catches my attention the most, when it is just a thought, picture, or vision in someone’s mind and it comes to life with their bare hands. Because if anyone could transfer their thoughts and visions onto a canvas effortlessly, everyone would do it. I usually do not appreciate paintings as much because I always thought of it as just a picture, but this project made me think otherwise. It wasn’t until I had to actually spray paint and attempted to do a good job that I realized  how difficult it actually is. I give props to all the artist who do made beautiful things with their own two hands, it is amazing.