Wk 15- Artist Conversation – Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young

Exhibition: As The Crow Flies

Media: paper, printing inks, screens, chemicals, transparencies, litho stone

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi -Gallery

Website: none

Instagram: none


About the Artist:

Nancy Young is currently  a student at CSULB in the art Printmaking Program. This will be her final semester because she will be graduating with her BFA this spring. Nancy lives in Costa Mesa and is a full time data  programmer for the City of Orange. She titled this exhibition “As The Crow Flies” to parallel her graduation and departure from CSULB. Nancy really enjoys printmaking and going to different classes to enhance her skills.

Formal Analysis:

Nancy’s work consisted of prints made from different materials and techniques.She was nice to show a group of the negative with the corresponding print in the exhibition. The prints themselves were made up of blacks and a varied other muted tones. The prints looked like they had a texture to them that would be felt if you ran your finger tips along the image.

Content Analysis:

Nancy told us that before she created any her piece she had the phrase “As the Crow Flies” in her mind. To her that phrase represented her finally leaving the nest of CSULB and flying away to graduate.  With that she started to try to find reference pictures of birds to help her create her prints. She told us she found many at the school library because it had great resources. She also took many of her own photos from her neighborhood and created prints of them. She pointed out one to us that was a view as seen from her driveway.


I really connected with this exhibition. Just as Nancy will be graduating soon, I will also be departing CSULB within a year. It does fill like you will soon be leaving the protection of the CSULB nest and going out into the world to fend for yourself. I really enjoyed talking with Nancy because she was really interested in explaining the different processes she went through to create her work.






Wk 13- Artist Conversation -Nick Bamford

Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition: Untitled

Media: Mixed Media, Plaster, Clay, Cement

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West Gallery

Website: none

Instagram: @nickbamf4d


About the Artist:

Nick Bamford is currently a senior at CSULB. He is on track to graduate this semester with a BFA in Ceramics. Nick has plans on going to grad school to continue his art. He has not decided on which school he will attend but UCLA or Yale are on his list of options. Nick moved to Huntington beach when he was young  and decided to take a ceramics class in high school. From then on art became on of his passions.


Formal Analysis:

Nicks art is really intriguing to the eye. The different neon colors used really make various parts of the sculptures pop and draw in your attention. He uses different artifacts to make up a single piece. All the pieces are awkwardly shaped so Nick would have had to take in account  the weight of certain object and the balance of the pieces as a whole.

Content Analysis:

For this exhibit Nick was trying to go for something unique and a little strange. Nick related that none of his pieces are random. Each piece represents a part of brought to life. Each piece incorporates different artifacts into a new and interesting visual context. The different color lights aid with the visuals especially in a very dark space like the one used for this exhibit.


I found this exhibit to be very intriguing to attend. I like the way you could view something new on each piece depending on how you where positioned in relation to the piece.  I found myself in awe in how he managed to balance these pieces. They seemed to all be very top heavy with a very small supporting base.

Wk 13-Student Conversation-Cassandra Topete

This week I had the pleasure to speak with Cassandra Topete. This is her first year at CSULB and she is currently majoring in Psychology. She was telling me that she has a long way to go because she plans on getting her Doctorate. When not at school she enjoys going to the beach and hanging out with her friends. Cassandra also enjoys watching Netflix and eating meat lovers pizza. She was laughing as she was explaining to me she could never be a vegetarian. Cassandra broke up her favorite movies into two categories for me, animation and non-animation. Hr favorite animated movie is Hercules and her favorite non-animated movie is A Walk to Remember.





Wk 12- Artist Conversation -Tiffany Le

Artist: Tiffany Le

Exhibition: Tàu

Media: Canvas, Water color paintings, Paper, Charcoal

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery

Website: http://www.letealeaf.com

Instagram: @letealeaf 

About the Artist:

Tiffany grew up in Garden Grove California. She  is currently a CSULB student in the masters program of Illustrations. She will be finished with her masters this May. Tiffany has been drawing from a very early age. At the age of three she would copy the pictures from cereal boxes. For her hobbies she enjoys Japanese fencing and playing with her bunnies.

Formal Analysis:

Tiffany’s paintings primarily uses watercolors. They tend to be very dark and foreboding. She uses a lot black and dark muddy reds in her paintings. Tiffany uses black to paint the water in her pieces making them seem more dark and mysterious then if they were painted with the traditional light blue. In Tiffany’s exhibit there was also a centered piece that hand many paper boats placed around it. The center piece consisted a a very large paper boat placed on a painted swirls that give me the impression of a black

Content Analysis:

Tiffany’s exhibit  Tàu was inspired by the stories of Vietnamese  American refugees.  Tàu means boat in Vietnamese and it is featured in all of her pieces in this exhibit. You can see all the dark imagery in her paintings that reflects the emotions and danger that the refugees faced when they had to flee their country.


This exhibit is really thought provoking when you realize the history that it is referencing. Looking at some of the work made me wonder if there was a larger story behind their  creation. She seems to combine fantasy imagery in her paintings that help lighten and bring hope to the dark of war and fire.

Wk 10- Artist Conversation -Helen Werner Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: ink, wood, screen, marker, paint, paper

Gallery:Max L. Gatov Gallery West

Website:  www.helenwernercox.com

Instagram: N/A

About the Artist:

Helen Werner Cox is currently a graduate student looking to complete her MFA in Drawing  and Painting Figurative program. This will be her final year at CSULB. Helen is originally from Trumansburg, NY. While in New York she taught High School  and middle School for 30 years before moving to Boston where she taught for 13 years. As a hobby she enjoys gardening at her home were she has California native plants and fruit trees.

Formal Analysis:

Helen’s pieces are very diverse.  She has large color paintings, large sketches, small sketches, a small sculpture,  and a small three-dimensional panorama. the majority of the pieces in the exzhibit give the feeling of circular movement. When looking closley at the large painting. I could see  large circular strokes that facilitated the circular movement of the painting.

Content Analysis:

Theme of Helen’s work revolved around the carnival atmosphere, in particular the Merry-Go-Round. In these pieces she gave the horses life where the would in real life be plastic or wood. The horses themselves look like they are screaming in all of the pieces.



I found this exhibit to be very creepy. Which meens that I enjoyed it tremendously. There was even carnival music playing in the backround and that added to the creepy atmosphere of the exhibit.




Wk 10- Art Experience – Instagram

This weeks art activity was very interesting. I was fun to see all the different activities of my classmates in a collage on Instagram. I think we formed a group, I saw activities that I also enjoy doing in the class collage.  I even has some comments from classmates on some of my pictures. It really felt like we formed a close art class community on Instagram .

Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – William Brigham

Artist: William Brigham

Exhibition:  Altered Carbon

Media: wood, metal base(copper,brass)

Gallery:CSULB School of Art, Dutzi-gallery

Website: theartificery.com

Instagram: @theartificery


 About the Artist:

William Brigham is currently in his last semester at CSULB. He transferred from OCC and will get his B.A. in Metal  this semester. He enjoys working with metals because he likes to create “cool stuff that’s practical”. I asked him what types of knives he is interested in and he told me that he liked the curves of Persian knives. He described how he found American bowie knives to be not very pleasing to look at.


Formal Analysis:

William makes different types of pieces with metal. In his collection you will see many different types of knives and various other pieces.  The process he used to form the pieces is called layering. He would layer various materials and press them together before finally cutting them to a desired shape. William found this process to be his favorite when he is making his pieces.

Content Analysis:

Williams exhibition contained many cool looking pieces. The knives all had unique patterns that are layered int them. Even the hardwood handles on the knives were intricately shaped.


I really enjoyed all of William’s pieces. His knives were very amazing and the patterns that he layered into them were all fantastic. When I ever have the funds I would love to have a commissioned piece from William. The whole time I was there my eyes kept on going back to the intricate designs on a pocket watch he had on display.





Mr. Darhk

I havent had a name in a long time, but the people here on Moonbase Alpha call me Mr. Darhk so that will do for now. Theres nothing that happens in the seedy underbelly of this place that I don’t know about. I may not always be the cause like they think, but that never stops me from using the situation to futher my plans.



She was one string I regretfully had to pull. But Margret and that dog are going to do big things on Moonbase Alpha.



As long as Sailor follows the instructions i gave, everything should go as planned.



I have been keeping an eye on Evangeline. Maybe you can keep tabs on her for me and see what sha has been upto.




Wk 8 – Artist Conversation – Bri Joy

Artist: Brianna Joy ( Bri Joy)

Exhibition:  Merge

Media: Screen-printing

Gallery:CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Instagram: @bri.joy:



About the Artist: 

Brianna Joy is currently in her last year of the CSULB Printmaking program in pursuit of her BFA.  Brianna transferred in from Orange Coast College to join our CSULB family.  She started printmaking in high school and came into college looking to pursue that art. Brianna comes is from a small town in the Santa Ana  mountains.

Formal Analysis:

Brianna’s pieces were created using printmaking. She uses black and white in a linear pattern to form images. Her work is very large and complex. I found myself having to look at her work at varying distances to be able to take in the totally of a piece.  I noticed that as you went around the gallery the less straight the lines of her pieces were and more curves we seen.

Content Analysis:

Being In the CSULB CECS program the first thing that entered my mind when I looked at some of  Brianna’s pieces was that it looked like a digital circuit. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that what Brianna was aiming for. A merging of digital and organic. Brianna’s overall theme is to show how to things can coexist together and she has done a splendid job.


I really enjoyed Brianna’s exhibition. The concept of merging ideas together plays a role in everyone lives. Personal relationships are all about merging two separate identities into one functional unit or partnership and watch the two separates coexist as one.  My favorite  piece was ‘Circumvent’.There was something in the mix of straight and subtle curved lines that appealed to me.

Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Andrea Williams


Artist:Andrea Lauren Williams


Media:ceramics, raw clay, cement

Gallery:CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West


Instagram: @andreawilliammms

About the Artist: 

Andrea currently is a senior in the CSULB ceramics program, and her gallery is titled Sacrifice. She resides in Riverside with her husband and children. Being a wife and mother gives her the motivation and enjoyment to pursue ceramics because they are such a positive influence on her life. She enjoys art and music, she used to play drums in a band  she was in.

Formal Analysis:

Andrea’s pieces are created using ceramic and cement. The colors that are used give a dark and earthy feel to the pieces. The pieces are full of texture some very rough like the main images and others seem smooth like the miniature sculpted baby hands. Her work is multi dimensional and can looked viewed at different angles.

Content Analysis:

Andrea’s work in this gallery focuses on the sacrifices women make for  motherhood. There is imagery of women in different phases of motherhood. There is also representative images of motherhood, for example the baby hand molds and the sculpture of a pelvis.


I found this exhibition interesting. I like how she juxtaposed the religious sacrifice of Jesus with the sacrifices that women make to become mothers. It also serves to show motherhood as  a symbol of the divine. The exhibit made me think about the sacrifices women make with their body and their time to have and raise children. Seeing Andrea’s work was both an enjoyable and thought provoking experience for me.