Wk 8- Art Experience- sketching in the garden

So this weeks art experience was not one of my favorites because I don’t really enjoy drawing. I don’t really like drawing or sketching because I don’t think my pieces come out to what my eyes are looking at. So these are my sketches from the Japanses Friendship Garden on Wednesdays class.  The represetationals arent even close to the actual garden. I know im not gonna draw perfectly but these sketches don’t really catch enought details. & after looking at them not I think with practice & maybe a drawing class or two, my garden drawings can be just like the real garden 

The abstract drawings that we had to come up with stressed me out way less. I just felt like I was doodling. Or maybe im just tired. It was cool thinking of what is abstract and what is non-abstract art. So here are my doodles of a garden from within the walls of my brain



EC: Getty Center 

So I went to the Getty Crnter in search for The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis with my best friend Lucia. I had never been to the Getty so it was pretty cool. We searched for it for about 2 hours and found the art museum to be really cool. There was so much art there to analyze & it was cool to see different types of art.  

Here is some other art that I thought was also really cool. 

However im sad to say that I couldnt take my love for donuts into the galleries 

But it was still really fun & cool. 

Wk 8- Classmate Conversation- Erica Perez

For this week’s classmate conversation, I talked with Erika Perez. You know, the sophomore-film student that inspired our first Extra Credit opportunity. We talked about pieces of art that we would like to share with the world. As a film student, Erica said that she would want more people to know about Classic Film, because it is dying out. She said that its important to keep the classics around because many people try to mock the classics, but the parodies or pieces that are inspired by the classics don’t have as much meaning. Back when the classics were created they had put more meaning into them because that’s the life that inspire the art.

Erica said that she would be supportive if her child wanted to pursue a career in art. Her reasoning was because she herself is in the Film Program of Art at CSULB and she would want the same support herself. She believes that art is a good field of work to take on and even if it isn’t a film career, any type of art would be a great vessel of work.

Erica and I only had one app on our phones that was the same because she recently went to a concert and had little space on her phone, so deleted all her apps except Snapchat. I have a bunch of random apps. Some of the different apps that I had were Netflix, Twitter, Uber, Swarm, WordPress,and Quizlet. We ended our Classmate Conversation with another flower crown selfie and called it a day.


Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra 

Exhibit: Manos de Oro

Media: Sculptures, Video installation 

Gallery: Gatov East

Dulce Soledad Ibarra is an undergraduate student working towards her BFA in the Sculpture program at the CSULB School of Art. Her exhibit Manas de Oro explores the connection between the hands and their abilities and what this shows the world. It also explores the ideas of guilt, pride, and culture. 

Her exhibit contains a video that is projected agains a wall. In the video men are working in the garden and it shows them trimming trees that are cery full and vibrantly green. Music is playing in the background that is slow and sounds of hispanic culture. In front of the video lays a green patch of fake grass. The exhibit is  covered with other small patches of grass but they all have different gardening machinery on them. The machinery is all painted gold and the lawn mowers on display all have the fake grass on them too. The walls also have gardening tools on display too. They have features on them that are painted gold as well. 

Manos de Oso is about the art of the hands. All the machinery and the video emphasize that hands are what show people what work a person can do. Dulce talked about how hand do what the maid is capible of and the mind is in solidarity with the hands. She compared her hands and her fathers hands to the work of machinery. Meaning that they work with their hands as a craft but also as labor and a source of survival. 

I loved her piece because my family is very hard working and I see her thrive to leave home and also continue hard working. The gold that lays on the gardening machinery makes me want to work harder because thats what Dulce and her father do and it just reminds me of what my family does. We all have hands of gold that work as machinery. We all work hard to be more then what the older generations had to work with. That is what the American dream is all about. 

Wk 6 – Art Experience -Flip Books

When finding out that we were going to make flip books or zines for class this week, I first asked myself what a zine is. I still wonder that right now since I decided to go with a flip book. I decided that my flip book was going to have to do with Statistics because I started this flip book while I was supposed to be studying for my Statistics test. I also wanted to include somethings from my life into this statistics little booklet. So, I wanted to include conchas into my little flip book because My boyfriend & I just tried this new food place named Horchateria Rio Luna. It is in Paramount and it is delicious. They have horchata, concha ice cream sandwiches, churro sundaes, and other Mexican delicious goods. So I had conchas on my mind when I was thinking of ideas of making my flip book.


However, conchas look like this. This was very complicated for me to draw so I changed that concha idea into a donut. Now with the idea of stats and donuts on my mind. I decided I would make a flip book that increased the amount of donuts consumed in a week. This chart would represent a bar graph of donuts consumed over an amount of time. I named my flip book Donut Consumption and sewed it all together in class on Wednesday.  I wanted to show it off to all my friends and my boyfriend and then he lost it in my car before I even got a picture of it. The number of donuts increased everyday. On Monday, only one donut was eaten. Then on Tuesday, there was 2 eaten. By Saturday, 6 donuts were being consumed and this made the donut crazy sick to there stomach, so there was only a sad face on the Sunday amount. The bar graph showed a skewed to the right trend. This project also helped me study fir my Statistics exam.

Wk 6 – Artist Conversation – Sheila Garrett Rodriguez

Artist: Sheila Garrett Rodriguez 

Exhibition: Were We Even Here

Media: Fibers

Gallery: Gatov-West

Website: sheilagarrettrodriguez

Instagram: sheilagarrettrodriguez

Sheila Garrett Rodriguez is a Graduate student at CSULB and is working towards a Masters of Fine Arts in the School of Arts Fibers Program. She got her Bachelors degree at CSULB as well, but received it in a different program in the school of art. She said that she discovered the Fibers program and it really interested her because of her background in embroidery that she grew up learning how to do. Her favorite fiber is wool even though she doesn’t use it in her current exhibit, Were We Even Here. Her work explores ideas about memories, culture, defining ones self, and what a “home” means.

Were We Even Here includes 10 different installations. The piece that sheila spent the most time on was a piece entitled No Trespassing: Borders and Bodies. This is a canvas painting of a women that has no clothes on. Her head is replaced with a house that she is holding up with barbwire. The painting is covered in flowers that have been painted on and also embroidered onto the women’s body, the house,  and the paintings background. Some other pieces in her exhibition entitled Screened In I and Screened In II are window screens that Sheila embroidered with flower designs. Another piece she has that is similar to these two screen designs is House for SaleThis also consists of window screens that have been embroidered but they are in a triptych style. The middle of this trio of window screens has a photo of a house in which a for sale sign is placed above it. Another type of piece that she includes in her exhibit is using metal screens that she put plaster on and also embroidered with flower designs. She includes two of these in Were We Even Here  and named them From the Rubble and Folding Rubble. On one wall, she has a piece called Space is Inside that is some pieces of drywall with wall paper on them. One piece has a canvas drawing  of a pair of feet on it that have nail polish on their toes. She also used some furniture. She has a chair that has yarn running through it. This chair is entitled, Here Take This Seat. The other piece of furniture lays in middle of the room. It is a bed frame that has yarn on the left side of it and had some dye on the bottom half of the bed. This piece is entitled But It’s Your Great-Grandmother’s Bed.The last part of her exhibit is a video of her doing everyday things like cooking and sewing. It is called When I’m Gone.

Were We Even Here is about how a home that you make defines you and how you define the home. Sheila talks about how she has lived in a lot of different homes and wonders if things she personalized in them are still in the house. When asked why she used barbwire to hold up the house in No Trespassing: Borders and Bodies. She asked if the house was holding up the person or was the person holding up the house.

Sheila embodies her culture through how much embroidery she includes in her exhibit. She was taught at a young age to embroider and even teaches her own kids to embroider and the basics to it. She brings this together with her idea about homes with placing it with drywall, window panels, for sale signs, ect.

She also includes her family into her exhibit with the furniture. The bed used in her exhibit was he grandmother’s bed and she inherited it from her dad who just passed away. the dye that is placed on the bed is a cultural aspect too. the dye is made from bugs and is shwon in the video installation on how to crush the bugs.



I really enjoyed Were We Even Here because I could relate to Sheila and her piece really touched some sensitive parts of my own life. I used to move around a lot when I was younger just like Sheila. It made me think about all the houses I lived in and the personal things that I left on the walls, the stairways, and the walkways. I also though about how these many different places with their architecture and even just the situation of living there have shaped me. Like if I didn’t live with my grans parents for the majority of my childhood, would I still be the person I am today? Would I know the cultural aspects of my family? I’m not sure but these questions make me think about how her art relates to my life.

Wk 5- Art Experience- Graffiti Writing

When I did my graffiti art I invited my coworker and best friend, Lucia aka Lucy, to come with me because she like graffiti. First, I picked her up from her house and we went to the closest Home Depot. We each bought a piece of plywood & then drove around looking for a nice park or spot where we could tag up the streets… not really. But just a place where people wouldn’t look at us weird for spray painting. So we ended up going to Griffith Park where the Hollywood sign is andfound a mostly secluded picnic area to graffiti on. When we first got there we laid out all our snacks, paint cans, and plywood. Next we started doodling out names in bubble letters and tried to see what would work the best. First I did my piece. My ply wood was smaller so I decided not to use the bubble letters I had practiced. I first made a background of multiple different colors which was really fun. Then I took the yellow spray paint & finally did my name. Which was a little stressful because I didnt want to mess it up. But I had Lucy there to remind me that is I “mess it up” I could take that and add to it and make something different.