WK 15 – Artist Interview – Troy Rounseville

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I loved the musical disconnect of Troy’s work. As a musician, I found it interesting to use my body to create music with instruments in a non-traditional way. His work makes you question the authenticity of music that is created with technology instead of through physical touch. I wanted to spend time with the piece and get to know it better. I wanted to see what I could do with it and what i could create. I wanted to be alone with it and close the doors to the glass room and lock it so I couldn’t be disturbed.

With his work in this exhibit, Troy questions the authenticity of one’s experience when transferring emotions through technology. I appreciate this question and his others concerning the ability of technology to truly represent physical interactions and representation. I also appreciate the kinesthetic nature of the piece. Great work!

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WK 13 – Artist Interview – Francisco Palomares

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I like Francisco Palomares’ work because it reminds me of my little brother’s work. My little brother is currently taking art classes at Cypress community college and tends to create dark and haunting images just as this piece by Palomares.

The figure and his posture are quite haunting. I can imagine infinite scenarios about what he has gone through and what he is gazing at. He seems to have conquered the world or perhaps conquered his mind. This piece is titled “Innermost” so that helps my theory about his internal struggle and supposed victory.

Aesthetically, I find this piece very pleasing. I really enjoy the combination of graphite and acrylic. I can’t help but think of the movie Pleasantville. It’s almost like the figure is coming out of the page or coming out of a darker or underdeveloped time. Like he has expanded his mind or his reality and has accepted a new reality.

WK 12 – Artist Interview – Angie Samblotte

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I throughly enjoyed Angie and Lacey’s work. Walking in to their gallery was refreshing due to its natural vibe. It reminded me of the morning walks that I like to take at the nature center and the moments that I have collected in memory from being there. I decided to focus a bit more on Angie’s work for this post, especially because I found her detailing to be exquisite.

Collectively their pieces reflect upon a desire to expand our minds beyond the fast pace that life tends to demand. With their work they ask us to take our time and slow down to appreciate ordinary objects as if they were on caliber with the unique and precious objects that society values. In my opinion, they accomplished this goal. I felt as if I was transported in to a more simpler time. I enjoyed the little quirks, especially the mini figurines placed upon some of the pieces. I am glad that I was able to take my time in their wonderfully crafted paradigm.

WK 11 – Class Activity – Student Choice: Fiber Art

IMG_3653Knitting is one of my favorite hobbies! There’s something about the repetition and attention that must be payed to the process that makes it both enjoyable and interesting. One little mistake can ruin your work if you can’t figure out how to go back and correct it. Plus being a 22 year old knitter allows me the ability to brag about my “granny skills” as I like to call them.

The green beanie that I have pictured to the right is the most recent object that I have knitted. Each beanie takes me approximately 2.5 hours if I were to cut out the many breaks I tend to take during the process. I found this out a couple months ago when I timed myself knitting a beanie and paused the timer during every break I took. I found the basis for the pattern online. I made it as the pattern specified and found that I did not like how it turned out. Luckily I was able to figure out how to change the pattern after trying some things out and cutting out parts that I didn’t care for.

When I knit, I like to create something useful. I usually stick to making beanies, blankets, and scarves. My favorite thing to make is beanies. I even have an Etsy shop called KineticKnitwork that I hope to have operational soon. Just need to build up my knitwork so I have some inventory.

WK 11 – Artist Interview – Wesley Hicks

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Wesley Hicks’ small scale ceramics pieces are inspiring to look at. They are beyond anything I have ever seen before in ceramic work. Wesley says that his “art is [him] reflected back at the world through a hazy mirror.” As I was observing his work I began to think about this statement with each piece in mind. What exactly is that hazy mirror telling us? Perhaps Hicks is a bit broken, definitely unique. His creations are futuristic in my opinion. They blend geometry with movement. I feel like each piece has a back story; especially the blue and red piece I have pictured on the top left and the fur/geometric shapes piece I have pictured on the bottom left.

I enjoy Hicks’ work. I find his thought process behind his work interesting, especially his belief that “art should be ideologically linked to an idea or concept, demand to be displayed correctly through the use of space, voice its primary function as an object of contemplation, and should have value both economically and spiritually to the people who appreciate them.”

WK 10 – Artist Interviews – Maggie Freed

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Freed’s work depicts the darkness and confusion of life. That being, I connected with the “anxiety, chaos, and emotional deluge” that it portrays. What I appreciate most about her pieces are the colors and shapes. They kind of sum up my life right now. It’s hard to explain. They’re dark, linear, and claustrophobic, relating to how I feel about the darkness of some days and the light that shines on others, the tendency of my anxiety to make the world feel so big but so small, and the feeling that I get when every day seems to blend in to the next. I feel like they bring about a bit of hope though. That there is some cathartic process that Freed found and that I could apply to my own claustrophobic life to make it better.

Wk 9 – Artist Interview – Restart

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These five pieces were my favorites of the Restart gallery. They were etherial, spiritual, and thought provoking. Each of these pieces reminded me of death and dying. The deconstruction of life and the existence of life beyond earthly death.

My favorite piece of the gallery was number 12, Broken and Beautiful by Coral Taluban. This “altered ceramic pot and glitter” kind of reminded me of myself. I began to wonder how Coral created the piece. Did she shatter the pottery? Did she smash it on the ground or maybe break it with a hammer? How did the destruction happen? That doesn’t really matter now because it is no longer a whole piece of pottery. It is damaged but damaged does not mean useless. I think that this piece is beautiful. It reminds me of my own destruction. How damaged I am and that I will never be able to get back to the person I was before I was damaged. That doesn’t mean I can’t still be good and useful. This piece and this gallery gives me hope.

Wk 8 – Artist Interview – Kiyomi Fukui

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I really enjoyed Kiyomi’s furniture piece this week. The look and feel of the piece resonated with my taste for old and antique wooden furniture, growth, nature, and the wonders of decomposition. I connected with her description of the piece and it’s explanation  because I once saved and nurtured a bird that my cat Tiger hunted down many years ago. I was about five years old when I noticed a couple of neighbors and their kids in my front yard were looking at my cat and standing around it. I saw that my cat had a bird in its mouth and wondered why my neighbors didn’t do anything. I quickly took actions in to my own hands, grabbed the cat by its neck (aka scruffing), and gently pulled the bird out of the cat’s mouth. I put the bird in a shoebox and took time to carefully cut ventelation holes in it. I asked my mom and she can’t remember if the bird survived or not. She does know that we tried out best.

Kiyomi’s daily ritual of paying respect to what has died with her scrap material is very interesting and respectable itself. Her work and ritual resonated with me because it is a bit morbid. People often try to not think about death, but when it has engulfed your life and when you have experienced the loss of some very important people and animals in your life it is important to find a way to embrace it. A way to make it your own and a way to not fear it so much as accept that it shall come for us all.

WK 7 – Artist Interview – Kenita Hale

IMG_3503When I first walked in to the gallery containing Kenita Hale’s sculptures, I was amazed by the dark tent and walked around it to better observe it.I was a bit confused. Nobody was around and so I didn’t quite know where the entrance was. There was a bit of apprehension when I found the opening, which was obvious when I did find it, but I walked in and found some amazing work.IMG_3498

I really enjoyed the candles. They stood out to me the most at first. When I began to observe each individual piece, I felt like I was getting to know the performers of IMG_3497a circus. I liked that they each had their own card or item that pertained to their personality, such as the coors light bottle, or description card.

It made me think about spectacle and how strange it is that humans find pleasure and a bit of fright by observing the other. I wanted to get to know these people with their special attributes as people and not as entertainers. It made me think about how it might have been being them. I wondered if they were happy and content with the lives they lived being considered a freak. I admire this piece because it is celebrates these unique individuals. It shows that they really did matter and not just as performers, but as people with specific likes and dislikes.