WK 7-Artist Conversation- Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibition Information

Artists: Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibition: Doodles in Space

Media: Drawing and Painting (Toliet Paper)

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marliyn-Werby Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: @tidawhitney @juliaanaaaab

About the Artists

Tidawhitney Lek is a super senior at CSULB, and her major is drawing and painting. She was born and raised in Long Beach, and she used to paint at a very young age. When she was younger, she could not afford paint and would use water as a substitute and would use her fence as a canvas. Tidawhitney’s dream grad school is in the east side.

Juliana Bustillo is also a super senior at CSULB, and is also majoring in drawing and painting. She was born in Texas, but raised in east LA. Juliana also liked to draw and in the second grade her art was featured in the scholastic magazine. She never took art seriously until college when she enrolled in drawing classes.

Formal Analysis

Their exhibition was created out of toilet seat covers. The two artist decided to use seat covers because it is an unconventional paper. They have a certain type of transparency one cannot get from regular paper. Also the toilet cover’s have a funny shape and looks like human heads which really attracted Juliana and Tidawhitney. There were pieces that protruded out of the walls. There were piles of toilet paper as well as plastic bags on the floor. There exhibit had 3D as well as 2D art. Their exhibition took a longer time to be completed than the other art galleries which is understandable because their exhibition covered the entire room. They even actually requested to start a day earlier which still was not enough time.

Content Analysis

They drew their inspiration from the desire to revisit the space through dimensional space. When they first created their exhibit they first used a lot of color but then decided to tone the color scheme down. Finally they decided to go with the black and white scheme which many are seeing now. When you walk into the gallery, it is not the most conventional art. I think that is why they choose to use toilet seat covers in their exhibit because it is an unconventional paper to use for art.

Synthesis/My Experiences

I really enjoyed their exhibit because it is so unconventional. The moment you walk in you feel like you are in another world. It almost feels like you are in outer space. This was my first time seeing a gallery that was completely covered with art, so it really caught me off guard when I walked in. I loved talking to the artist because they were very down to earth and very informative.



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