Wk 11- Artist Conversation- Sovanchan Sorn

Artist: Sovanchan Sorn

Exhibition: this is all I remember

Media: Video, Voice recordings

Gallery Werby Gallery


This week I had the good pleasure of talking to Sovanchan Sorn (I say “talking” because it was less formal than an interview and she asked us more questions than we even asked her). Dorm is a graudating Fiber Art major. She attended a community college for about 5 years before coming to Cal State Long Beach. 

The exhibition, to me, had a very serene feeling. The exhibit consisted of two hanging fiber art sculptures, a projection, and the written stories of immagrant refuges from her family. The set up was very powerful and the use of spotlights directed me to the stories on the wall.

As for the meaning, it was very clear. Sorn was illuminated the stories of those close to her because she felt it was something that needed to be brought to light. He said she was inspired by how her family always said they just wanted to move on and forget about the past but they felt it was something they could never get past. 

I really enjoyed this exhibit because as soon as I walked in, I was placed in a trance. I read all the stories on the walls and was left starting at the projection on the wall while I processed what I read. I think it’s important to talk about immigration and refugees because it has become such an big part of American politics. It’s important to see the people who are directly affected by the decisions we make. 

An extra little bit about talking with Sovanchan is that she was so kind. Sovanchan was more interested in hearing our stories than telling her own. This week was one of my favorite artist conversations. 

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Wk 11 – Classmate  Convo – Sara Rivenbark and Rachel Palmer 

This week we got to spice yo our classmate convo by speaking to two people instead of just one. After seeing hat most of the class had already paired up, Sara and I decided it would be easier for us to pair up and look for a third. Rachel came up to us and asked if we were looking for a third person to which we said “yes!”

Sara is a second year organismal bio major and a good friend of mine. We’re both currently stressing over a big midterm tomorrow. 

Rachel is a second year as well. She is in the psychology program. She is originally from Long Beach and hopes to have a career as a social worker someday. 

Our trio was fun and enjoyed meeting Rachel. Hopefully we will talk again before the semester ends. 

Wk 10 -Artist Convo – Brittany Waters

Artist: Brittany Waters

Exhibition: #MoreThanASandbox

Media: Ceramics, Video Installation

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Instagram: @artbywaters

This week I spoke with the artist, Brittany Waters. She is pursuing her BFA in the sculpture program. She works in ceramics but she said she sees herself as more of a sculptor. Brittany is from Sacramento and then moved to a beach town.

Brittany sculpted the turtles and then fired them in the kiln. Each turtle took her 2-3 hours to create.

Brittany’s work was inspired by her love for the beach and nature she developed after she moved. She also wanted to start a conversation about how people are out of touch with the world. She shared with us that our beach in Long Beach had sea turtles 150 years ago.

I liked this installation because I am a Marina Biology major. So anything that draws attention to the ocean I am a fan of.

Wk 9 – Artist Convo – David DeSantis

Exhibition Information

Artist: David DeSantis
Exhibition: Day Dreamer
Media: Printing, Ink, Paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Instagram: @rapturefineart

David DeSantis is an Undergraduate student and Senior at California State University. He is in the Printmaking Program in the School of Art and is also in the BFA Program. The inspiration for DeSantis work comes from his love of music and how music influences his artwork.

DeSantis’ media of choice is printing and ink. He like to get creative by working with different variation of ink on paper. His work is messy like splatter paint. It is loud and colorful, however in some cases he like to use just black and white. His pieces are made while he listens to his music. His favorite genre which I think influences the messiness in his work.

This exhibition was called Day Dreamer because it is what David becomes while doing his work. This exhibition represent the kind of daze an artist will enter when doing their work. David likes to put in his head phones, sit in front of a window and let his mind travel.

David’s art was my favorite I saw this week. I was drawn to it because it was unique and intriguing. After learning about how music was a main component of the work it made me like it more. I love putting in my headphones and getting carried away in what I’m doing with anything from cleaning to homework-ing to drawing to skateboarding. David’s love of music and its power is very relatable to me.

Wk 9 – Art Experience – Graffiti Writing 

This week’s activity was more hands on than I ever expected something from this class to be. Out assignment was to go to Venice Beach and graffiti on the art walls. I was very nervous to say the least because I know the people that put their work up in Venice are seasoned graffiti artist who work on perfecting their projects for hours. I (and my friends), on the other hand, have not used spray paint for anything other than painting old furniture. 

I decided to bring a friend and meet with Sara from class to do the graffiti. We picked the smallest corner with no artwork in prepress to write our names. While we were working we started talking with a guy who had been graffiti writing for years and he was very encouraging towards us. He told us that as long as we kept trying we would learn to love it and get better. 

After writing my name I started to understand the appeal. It’s a really fun and easy way to get creative. With some tips from our new friend, such as what paint to buy, I feel that ‘m ready to try it again. 

Sara and I at the Small World Bookstore

Wk 8 – Art Experience – Finger Painting 

This week’s activity was finger painting! The idea behind finger paint was that we should use our fingers to influence us to do abstract work instead of trying to make “something.” However, I knew that I didn’t want to just scribble around on the page so I decided to create a pattern. I was inspired by piece I saw at FarBazaar at Cerritos college. It was a piece where the person did lots of little dots that blended to make a 3D-ish pattern. 

If I were to do a painting  again I would probably use a brush to save myself the mess but it was pretty fun regardless. But I do have blue and purple paint under my nails now. 

I’m happy with the outcome of my painting and will hang it up in my room. I’m going to use the left over paint and extra canvases to make more paintings.

Wk 8 – Classmate convo – Jeremy McCoy

This week I had the pleasure of talking to Jeremy. He is an Information Systems major, and to be completely honest I had no idea what that meant. He explained that it’s similar to computer science. When I asked him what he wanted to do with that when he graduates he said he wants to work with cyber security. He said that that entails password protection, document recovery and those sort of things. That’s was a funny coincidence because an excel I was working on for my statistics class did not save and I had to start over. I hope that Jeremy can find a way to fix that problem for my sake! It was nice talking to Jeremy, he is a very cool guy.