Wk15-Art Activity-Design Thinking Applied to Life

As the semester closes, it was pretty cool that we had to design some life plans for ourselves to create a somewhat reassurance. The task was to see myself in three different roles. The first is the one that I am currently pursuing which is civil engineering. The second one is the “if the world no longer needed to hire civil engineers” to which I responded with a child psychologist. The last one is “if I had the financial stability and confidence to pursue whatever I wanted with no worry” and I chose an interior designer. Now to explain my choices. I love buildings, I love the process of creating them, the final product, the inside of them, and the stability of them. A job that pays a lot when it comes to buildings that is highly respected is a civil engineer since they look at the safety and process of creating a building. This has a lot to do with why I chose interior designer for the no worries choice because I feel it is the most fun to do without having to think to critically because partially something you get a feel for yet you have to be visionary with looking at the space your given. For my second choice, I chose child psychologist because I felt it was interesting yet challenging. In terms of the amount of school required for all these choices it goes: 2nd, 1st, 3rd choice. In terms of desire to do these choices its 3rd, 1st and 2nd.

In the past I have done interviews with engineers, even with engineers who are currently doing what I want to do and the interview becomes an interview for them where I ask them questions about where they went to school, where they first interned and when they were first employed.



Wk13-Classmate Conversation-Carry Nguyen

This lovely lady is Carry Nguyen and she is currently a junior who majors in healthcare and I’m so excited for her because she only has nine more classes before she gets to graduate. She interns in a healthcare faculty in Long Beach but is really hoping to get a job within the field or at least an internship that pays. After we finished talking about the obvious background stuff we talked about some light hearted topics. She told me about her two dogs and cats and how she likes to garden because she’s into clean eating and eating organic but how difficult it can be with a college schedule. She also told me how she likes to read but usually can’t find the time because she’s always studying.  Overall, it was a nice conversation.

Wk14-Art Activity-Sketching in the CSULB Japanese Garden

On May 3, it was really cool to have class in the Japanese Garden in our school. I just really liked having class be fully outside and even though we are usually allowed to roam free, I’m glad it was somewhere so beautiful. Our assignment was to perform several types types of sketches in the garden. I sat in front of the pond with a few friends and we began our sketches. First, we did our 10 thirty second drawings. Our drawings came out so funny mainly because we always ran out of time or we didn’t really look at our drawings for the most part til the end. Then once we were able to add more time they started to look better. For example, I really like my a minute and a half drawing because I was able to focus on the placement of the flowers and the leaves. I really enjoyed class I didn’t have any urge to leave early because it was such a pretty and chill place to hang out.

Wk13-Classmate Conversation-Grace Cha

On April 26 I met Grace Cha, she asked me if I wanted to do the classmate conversation with her and I was more than happy to know more about her. Grace is a freshman who commutes all the way from Irvine, not that it is very far, but I know how crazy the traffic can be. She said she didn’t mind it very much which was nice to hear. She currently studies speech pathology and to be honest I didn’t really know what that was or that was it even major so she explained how she helps people with speech impediments. She really wants to work in a hospital but feels that she more than likely going to be working with children first. She told me about how she’s been working in a curry place for about 5 months and she’s thinking about working at a sushi place over the summer. To wrap up our about school and work we talked about our pets to end on a good note. She told me about her two dogs, one is a puggle and a beagle and I told her about my cat. It was a really nice conversation.

Wk13-Artist Conversation-Krystal Ramirez

Exhibition Information

  • Artist: Krystal Ramirez
  • Exhibition: La Cena Esta Servida (Dinner Is Served)
  • Media: Metal and Jewelry
  • Gallery:  CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
  • Website: http://www.kgrmetalcraft.com
  • Instagram: @kgrmetalcraft

About the Artist 

CSULB student Krystal Ramirez is a metalsmith artist working toward her BFA degree in the School of Art’s Metal and Jewelry Program.

Formal Analysis

Krystal had a dinner arrangement for her exhibition. However, there was not food on the table, there were barely even any dinner related objects on the table, yet they all seemed like they belonged there. The objects were, for the most part, made of copper and brass. Some were made of material that I’ve never heard of, like cubic zirconia. The objects were smooth, shiny and simple in appearance.

Content Analysis

This exhibit makes a strong statement in the sense that these pieces are no different from the food that people make from raw materials and from the love and efforts from the creator’s heart to be enjoyed and shared with others at the dinner table. This statement comes from the nostalgic feeling Krystal gets from her time at the dinner table, sharing stories and truths with one another each developing the relationship they have with each other.

Synthesis/My Experience

I really liked Krystal’s exhibit because I found to be so aesthetically pleasing. I have always been fond of simplistic yet strong art and this met my personal criteria. All the pieces were so clean and each arrangement had a purpose even though one could argue that they were randomly or carelessly placed. I felt like I was in an interior designer’s room or an IKEA, I enjoyed the set that she had created for her audience.


Wk11-Classmate Conversation-Cassandra Rodriguez & Shannon Jenich

This week we changed things and did a three classmate conversation. I got to talk to Cassandra(my right) and Shannon(the very right).  As I was talking to both of these sweet girls I realized I actually had some things in common with them.

Cassandra is a third year as a theater major. She told me how she was going to be celebrated her 1 year anniversary with her boyfriend in May and I told her how I would celebrating my 6 month anniversary with my boyfriend, we thought it was kind of funny. She continued to tell me about the things she likes to do like roller skate which is actually something she had been doing since she was young. Her and I both work on campus, she works in the bookstore, and has been for almost two years now and I work in the dorms.

Shannon on the other hand, is a sophomore, like me, studying human development. She studying to become a nurse and I feel she has a lot of current experience for it. She spends most her time taking care of her aunt which is why she is currently unemployed. I was pretty fascinated by her last name and she told that its her mom’s who is from Slovenia. She also likes to play video game so we were able to break the ice with that when we talked about our favorite games and what types of consoles we’ve played.  We also each have a cat and showed each other a picture of them. Her cat Mushy is very adorable.snapchat-1346356965.jpg

Wk11-Artist Conversation-Yujia Gu

Exhibition Information

  • Artist: Yujia Gu
  • Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence In The USA
  • Media: Graphic Design
  • Gallery:  CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
  • Website: yujiagn.squarespace.com

About the Artist 

CSULB graduate Yujia Gu is a graphic design artist working toward her MFA degree in the School of Art’s Graphic Design Program.

Formal Analysis

Yujia created a large scale memorial piece for her exhibit. In the room there are phrases and statistics associated with gun violence. There is also a project that displays a timeline on the mass gun shootings that have happened starting from this month of last year. There were also two TVs with headphones for the audience to listen to more facts, throughout the room there were gunshot sounds. Hanging from the ceiling is a transparent screen with black and white photos of people who have died as victims of these scenes. Behind it, on the wall there is a list of names.

Content Analysis

The purpose of this exhibit was to raise awareness, the same type of awareness Yujia’s mom wanted to give her when she wanted to study in the United States. Unlike China, where it is not allowed to have a gun on one’s person, it is very legal here. We have plenty of shootings that happen every month and Yujia believes the more guns that are available the higher the possibility of a shooting. People buy guns to protect themselves from people that are buying guns, this pointless loop is the what Yujia wants to bring awareness to. The seriousness in her display shows her strong feelings towrds the subject matter.

Synthesis/My Experience

I was a little shook reading the facts through her displays and felt like I was in a historical museum. Which isn’t a bad thing, I feel museum take a lot of time and careful consideration with their use of space and portrayal of their pieces. Overall I really liked her exhibit, this is a sensitive topic and for her to display it through art which puts it up for self interpretation can be tricky,

because I feel artists would still want their audience to enjoy their work while understanding the message and seriousness behind it and I think she did a really good of that.