WK 15-Art Experience-Design Thinking applied to Life

My three possible futures are becoming a speech pathology at an elementary school, a speech pathology at a hospital, or becoming a nail technician. After doing this activity, I believe the best choice for me is to become a speech pathology at a hospital. Although I love children, I have been working with them for my whole life, and I would like a change. My mother is a nail technician, and she always tells me I can take over her business. Although it is easy to get a job, it is not my passion. It is a hobby, however, I can not see myself doing that my whole life. The reason I choose to become a speech pathologist at a hospital is because I still want to work in the field of speech pathology without working with children. Although working at a hospital is tougher, I still choose to pick this path.


WK 15-Classmate Conversation- Catt Reyes


This week I had a talk with Catt. My first classmate conversation was with her actually. We decided to do the last conversation with each other because we got to know each other as friends. We thought it was a nice idea to end the last conversation with the beginning. If it were not for the classmate conversation we would have never been friends. This remind of the time when you told the class about the story of your two students getting married. Compared to the beginning, I got to know a lot more about Catt as we grew as friends. Hopefully we are still friend until we graduate. We don’t have any classes together next semester, but we will still keep in touch. I’m so lucky to have sat next to Catt the first day. She honestly was a great friend to talk to.I am grateful for this activity because I was able to make a friend my freshmen year.

WK 14-Classmate Conversation-Maryam Talka


For this week, I met Maryam. Maryam is currently a sophomore here at CSULB. She is majoring in civil engineering. When I asked her what she was going to do during the summer,she said she’s planning on taking history and bio. We talked about pets, and it turns out she has one cat named Lacey. During her free time, she likes to box and jijutsu. She recently got into boxing. She actually got a black eye during boxing because someone kneed her in the eyes. She lives in San Fernando Valley, and it takes her and hour and a half to get to school.

WK 14-Art Ecperience- Sketch of Garden


The pictures are hard to see, but I posted the sketches of the 10-30 sec, 5 minute, and contour. My favorite by far was the contour one. This is because I was not focused on making it pretty. I let my eyes and hands to all the work and I think it turned out pretty well. The 10-30 second sketch did not turn out so well. I only drew the outline, and I drew it really quickly because I was worried that I would run out of time, but I ended up with a lot of extra time. I wished I took my time with this sketch. The 5 minute sketch is my best one. I’m not the best drawer, but I really did enjoy drawing the entrance to the garden. The sketch is messy, but for my drawing skills, it’s pretty good.

WK13-Artist Conversation-Carmina Correa

Exhibition Information

Artist: Carmina Correa

Exhibit: C12H22O11

Media: Molds and food

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi

Website: N/A

Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Carmina Correa lives in Anaheim, California. She is currently a senior and majoring in sculptor. She is type two diabetic which was her inspiration for her gallery. Her hobbies all relate to art, but if she is not creating art, she video games professionally.

Formal Analysis

The gallery was fairly simple consisting of lollipop surrounding the room, two black and green holds, and ramen packages in each corner. There are lollipops next to the door which spells out sugar in the chemical formula. Each lollipop surrounding the room were red and packaged in a plastic bag.

Content Analysis

This exhibit was inspired by Carmina’s experience as a type two diabetic. The gallery is an intimation. The ramen packages are a comment of the socioeconomic situation many face. Although she wants to eat healthier, she cannot afford to, so she eats whatever is convenient. The black mold in the middle of the room is a 3D mold scan of her body. The green mold is the product of the 3D scan.

Synthesis/My experience

I was drawn to this gallery because of its simplicity. It is innovative to use sugar to express a powerful message on the current socioeconomic status. I really enjoyed this gallery even more when I spoke to Carmina because I understood the meaning behind the simplicity.

WK 13-Classmate Conversation-Carry Nguyen

IMG_2683For this classmate conversation, I spoke with Carry. She is currently a junior and is majoring in health care. During the summer she is planning on looking for an internship in her respected major. She is also looking for a job because an internship does not pay. She is an animal lover: she has two dogs and one cat. She told me she doesn’t have any hobbies, but she likes to garden. Carry likes to grow organic plants. Besides planting, she likes to read, and she studies a lot! When I told her I was a freshman, she told me time goes by really quick. She times will go by in a blink of an eye which I thought was a great advice.

WK2-Art Experience-Ethnography


I knew already what the experience would be like. I have had a couple black outs before where I couldn’t use any technology. This art experience was pretty hard because time went by very slow. It was kinda scary being in the dark, but I spent a lot of time with my dogs. They kept me company, so time went by a little faster. I don’t think this art experience was liberating. I believe it was frustrating because time went by so slowly. I was able to get a better sleep because for the past days I haven’t been sleeping well. If I were to sleep like this every day I would be refreshed every day. Before electricity or the light bulb was invented, people lived like this art experience. Living without electricity is boring, but it allows many people to connect with others.

WK 12- Artist Conversation-Travis Lober

Exhibition Information

Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: WORK: it’s a four letter word
Media: print
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: n/a
Instagram: n/a

About the Artist

Travis Lober is currently a senior at CSULB and is planning on graduating in one month. He is originally from Northern California. Around the age 10-13 years old he has always been into graphic art. His whole family has a degree in Bachelors in Fine Arts which greatly influenced his decision in majoring in art.

Formal Analysis

His work art consists of wood. He carves and prints each piece of wood which takes a great amount if time. It took Travis Lober 3 years to completely this gallery. He created the concept of printing tools on wood carvings because he wants to convey how tools are utilised.

Content Analysis

The artwork from this gallery were mostly from class. He decided to feature this art in his gallery because he wished to convey imagery. It took him three years to completely this gallery because he has to carve each individual wood. Since his artwork takes up a lot of this time, he does not have much free time. He is not very good with words or writing which is why he believes printmaking suits him.

Synthesis/My Experience

I really enjoyed his gallery because it was very unique. I have never seen a gallery filled with wood carvings. I thought it was humorous that he printed tools on wood. It was all very simple, and unique.


Week 11- Artist Conversation- Yujia Gu

Exhibit Information:

Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Graphic Design
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website: yujiagu.squarespace.com

About the Artist

Yujia is original from china. When she first came to the America, she experienced cultural shook, especially the teach style. She says in China the universities tend to baby their students unlike America which gives students a lot more freedom. Before coming to Long Beach, she studied at New York for 5 years.

Formal Analysis

Yujia’s art decorated the whole room. Her gallery was pretty simple. It utilised some lights, stickers, and projections. The projections statistics as well as images of people who have died due to gun violence. The stick figure stickers represented the statistics of people who have died due to gun violence. Based on her gallery the amount of people died in the United States is unbelievable because the sticker surrounded three walls.

Content Analysis

She came up with this idea when she remembered her mother warning her about gun violence in the U.S.. In China, Guns are not allowed which is completely different from America. This exhibit is actually from last year due to all the shooting that has occurred. She really wants to spread awareness of  gun control by emphasising the different between China and America. On the bottom of the walls, the number of people who have died in America is greatly bigger than in China. She represented this by using human stick figure stickers.

Synthesis/My Experience

I really enjoyed her gallery. It utilised the whole space in the room. When I walked in, I was so overwhelmed by everything. It really emphasised the important of gun violence and brought awareness to the problem. I always enjoy galleries that utilises all the space in the room. It also looks very minimalistic. It was simple and to the point which I really love.

WK 10- Art Activity-Architecture & Urban Planning – The Wedge


For my design, I decided to take down the tree and plant a new one. Although it is sad to take down a tree thats been at CSULB for a long time, it is important for change. There will be a new generation of trees, and just like the previous tree, after this tree grows old, it’ll be taken down and a new plant will grow.  When I went to the wedge, there were a lot of leaves that has fallen from that tree. It was overall really messy around that area. When the new tree grows, the area will be a lot cleaner. Although there will be no shade, the ground will be free of bird poop and old leaves. It’s important to maintain a clean campus for current as well as incoming students. CSULB would like to create a home atmosphere, and this will be accomplished with new generation of trees. Overall, I think change is important which is the reason for my redesign.