Week 12 – Artist Conversation – Sage Garver

Exhibition Information

Artist: Sage Garver
Exhibition: BIO
Media: Mixed-Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist 

Sage Garver is an undergraduate sculpture BFA student at CSULB. Garver realized that she wanted to be apart of art in college cause when she attended community college before transferring to CSULB, she realized that she really enjoying doing art and wanted to continue. She is going to be graduating at the end of fall semester. After she graduates, she plans to move to Hawaii to find a job and live with her sister. Garver is from Hermosa beach. Aside from art, Garver enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling. Some places that she has traveled to is Canada, the Philippines, Spain and England. Further, Garver has lived in the Philippines for awhile before moving to the United States.

Formal Analysis

Garver’s exhibition consists of shapes attached onto the four walls of the gallery. The shapes are made up of polyurethane foam. Garver uses mostly circular shapes in her gallery. Further, the shapes are also different sizes. She sculpts the shapes using a C&C machine. In the middle of the gallery, she has a circular ball attached to gold chains hanging.

Content Analysis

The exhibition is supposed to represent the illness that Garver has to deal with. She wanted to show to make a gallery about her illness because she felt that the illness has impacted her whole entire life and much of her decisions. Further, she talks about how because of the illness causing her to be hospitalized in a bed for the majority of her time she found an interest in art. I think the circular sculptures attached onto the sides of the walls represent the cells in her body. Further, the circular ball in the middle of the room represents the nucleus of cells, and the gold chains and parts of the body that is attached to the cells.

Synthesis / My Experience

Personally, I have never had to deal with an illness that keeps my hospital bound. However, I have dealt with mental illness, and I understand the sacrifices that one has to make because of illnesses. The mental illness impacted my way of thinking, and many of my actions. It took a toll on my body and led me to break many friendships with people. Nobody knows what it is like to deal with the illness unless they also have it themselves. People can offer you words of encouragement and give you advice and be there for you, but they never know what it is really like until they are deal with the same things that you are. I think having an illness is a big part of your life and I am glad that Garver was able to share her illness with me.


Week 11 – Artist Conversation – Caryn Aasness

Exhibition Information

Artist: Caryn Aasness
Exhibition: Bonham, Jones, Page
Media: Mixed-Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: levelyellowproblemchild

About the Artist 

Caryn Aasness is an undergraduate BFA fiber student at CSULB. Once she graduates from the college she would like to attend a graduate school. Further, she hopes to be able to design wallpapers and textures. Aasness has many dream art projects, however, she just needs the time and space to achieve all of her dream projects. Through her artwork, Aasness tries to incorporate women studies and art together because she believes both are important. In addition, by incorporating her artwork with women studies, she feels that her artwork can be more accessible because people can relate to them more.

Formal Analysis

Aasness’s gallery is made up of textures of different colors and sizes. All of the pieces are made up of 26 different colors to show that there are 26 letters in the alphabet. At specific points in the texture, the square is made bolded to illustrate that there is a letter corresponding to that spot on the large piece of texture. Each of her pieces have a special meaning in which viewers have to depict by looking at the captions next to them and reading down and across. Each of the textures has something to do with speaking up in society and making a difference.

Formal Analysis

I think that Aasness was really trying to reach out to women and feminism through her artwork. I think that especially the big piece in the center of the gallery that says ‘To Call it Cute is to Misunderstand’, really tell viewers that women deserve better and should be treated with respect. Another one of Aasness’s artwork that if one were to depict the words says ‘Speak Up’, which I believe that Aasness wants women to fight for equal rights such as equal pay and not to be treated differently than male counterparts. Further, I think that because Aasness is a woman herself, she knows what it feels like to be oppressed in society because she is a woman. Aasness also has taken a few woman studies classes, and as a result, she knows the rich history that women had to fought to get the right to vote and to be more than just housewives.

Synthesis / My Experience

I think Aasness is trying to show how that even in the 21st century women still don’t have equal rights to men. Through the words in her artwork such as ‘To Call It Cute is to Misunderstand’ as well as ‘Speak Up’, Aasness is saying that it’s enough and women deserve to be in the same playing field as men. I think Aasness’s artwork really resonated with me because as a female, I am at times treated differently. I see it every day in the media how women are held to higher standards. I hear about how Hillary Clinton would be an unfit president because she is a female. In addition, I hear about how women are still not being paid the same amount as their male counterparts for doing the same work. I know that women are standing up to themselves more, and with that I am proud. I know there needs more work to be done for women to get the same amount of respect as men which is why I think Aasness’s art exhibition is so important. It calls for women to ‘Speak Up’ and to not keep quiet.

Week 11 – Classmate Conversation – Laura Lockett

Laura Lockett is a second year pre-social work major. She doesn’t know if she is going to continue with the major, but for now that is the major she is going to work with. Lockett is a team member at Target. Her favorite places to go are Colorado and Montana because of the open space and less people. Lockett loves pho and gets it at least 3 times a week eats sushi. She also really loves Chick-Fil-A. Her favorite sauces are Chick-Fil-A are polynesian, chick fil a, and BBQ sauce. One thing that Lockett and I had in common was that we both love polynesian sauce from Chick-Fil-A. The sauces that she chooses depends on her mood. Her favorite color is right now purple but it changes with time. On her free time, Lockett enjoys watching TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Bob’s Burger, and Gossip Girl. The next show she would like to watch when she has the time, probably during winter break, is Gilmore Girls. Her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because she gets to eat a lot of food but it is also her least favorite holiday because she eats a lot of food which makes her gain weight and therefore fat.

This week’s question of the week was about how Demi Lovato was drawn unrealistically by a fan and was upset about it. Lockett doesn’t like Demi and thinks that Demi is a hypocrite.  Lockett believes that the person shouldn’t have drawn Demi unrealistically but also felt that Demi had it coming in that Demi is always being hypocritical of women and other key issues. Further, Lockett believes that Demi reacted in an unjust way because the fan that probably drew it took a lot of time into drawing the artwork and therefore shouldn’t be blasted out for drawing her unrealistically.

You can check out Laura’s website her: lovethelockett


Laura and I forgot to take a photo with one another on the day we did our classmate conversation, so we FaceTimed one another and screenshotted the talk.





Week 10 – Art Activity – Fiber Art Social Network

For this week’s activity, I did a fiber art social network of me and my friends. Some of them I met through school and some of them I met through my church.

  1. Do you think of the term “Social Network” as applying to your RL life and your RL, physical friends? Or mostly to Online & Mobile tools that connect you to people in cyberspace? I find that the term social network applies to both my real life friends and my friends online. As long as I interact with my online friends, I think they count as my social network. Even if I don’t interact with them I think it can still count because know what one another is up to depending on what we share on the internet.
  2. Does Dunbar’s Number make sense to you? That we can only have around 150 truly meaningful relationships, and any others we know will be in more fragmentary ways? I think that Dunbar’s Number is too big. I think it is challenging to have up to 150 truly meaning relationships while you are trying to balance other things such as school and work. I think if Dunbar’s Number was to be smaller, it would be more accurate.
  3. What does it mean to have 1,000 or 2,000 or 5,000 Facebook “friends”? Who are these people? What sorts of relationships do you have to them? I think it doesn’t mean anything to have 1,000 or 2,000 or 5,000 Facebook friends if we don’t interact with them. Among those thousands of friends, I think we only talk to a small amount of them . I think those people in the 1,000 Facebook friends can be acquaintances  or family members that live far away that you don’t talk to often but you want to keep an up to date look of their lifestyle.
  4. When we visualized our Art110 Social Network, or when you visualized your personal Social Network, did anything surprise you? Did you find any connections or relationships that you hadn’t thought about or realized any different connections? I found out that I actually knew a lot of classmates due to the classmate conversations as well as from previous classes that I might have had with them. I didn’t realize how connected I was with everyone through mutual friends. Further, I didn’t realize that a classmate conversation could be a way of connecting us because I would interview them and not really talk to them ever again.
  5. What’s your Personal Number? How many people would you like to have close relationships with in your life? 1? 10? 100? 1,000? I have about eight close friends that I talk to on a daily basis. I think eight or ten is a good amount of close relationships for me because if I were to have too many close relationships I would not be able to do everything that I want to do and I might not be able to talk to everyone. As a result, some people might feel abandoned and think of me as a bad friend.
  6. Do you have more “friends” on Facebook or some other platform than are truly your “friends”? What is your relationship to those “extra friends”? Have these weak ties ever brought you new resources like a job opening, someone to date, a cool event, info for something you were working on, etc? I think I have more friends on Snapchat in that Snapchat is like the new and cool social media platform and as a result more of my friends have a Facebook whereas other platforms such as Twitter are not very common. On Snapchat, my relationship with the ‘extra friends’ are that I do not personally ‘snap’ them and we just look at one another’s snapchat stories. On the other hand, the friends that I am close with we send each other ‘snaps’ of ourselves and we have a ‘streak’, which is when we send each other snaps every day consecutively, going on. I think the weak ties have yet to bring me any new resources.

Week 10 – Artist Conversation – Alicia Keyworth

Exhibition Information

Artist: Alicia Keyworth
Exhibition: Oddments 
Media: Mixed-Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis  W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: AliciaKeyworth.com
Instagram: AliciaKeyworth

About the Artist

Alicia Keyworth is an undergraduate at CSULB working towards her BFA degree in fiber. Keyworth is also in the process of getting her teaching credentials and would like to be an art teacher when she graduates from the university. She is not planning on attending graduate school because she would like to teach first. Outside of art, Keyworth’s hobbies include going to the beach since she has lived in Southern California her whole life. Furthermore, she also likes alpacas. Keyworth’s dream project is a fashion collaboration with her fashion companies, Eileen Fisher and Patagonia

Formal Analysis

Keyworth’s exhibition composes of many fashion pieces such as a jumpsuit and various T-shirts. Furthermore, Keyworth also has a some pieces similar to bean bags called ‘landfills’ in which she stuffed with discarded clothing. Most of the pieces are made from scraps that Keyworth has collected over time. Keyworth’s pieces are all made up from different scraps with different patterns in which she puts them together to form one pattern. Further, each of the landfills match with the corresponding T-shirts and jumpsuit. For example, the Denim Landfill which is made up of the same material as the Deconstructed Denim Jeans Shirt also has the same  V-neck shape as the shirt.

Content Analysis

Keyworth found inspiration for her art exhibit when questioning if every material we use is being put to good usage. As a lab tech in fiber department, Keyworth also takes out trash where she saw a lot of scraps that get wasted so she took the scrapes and made them into something beautiful. Keyworth believed that too many times people do not use up every little bit of texture and that impacts our environment in a negative way. Keyworth takes advantage of her art exhibit as a way to help the environment by not using new materials but materials that would get thrown away while they are still in good quality.

Synthesis / My Experience

I think Keyworth’s art resonated with me in that like her fashion materials, food is also often wasted in today’s society. People don’t eat all of their food, some would take a bite of something, not like it, and then throw it away. I, myself, am guilty of doing this and would like to fix my problem. As a result, the Earth gets filled with thousands of pounds of waste with no place to go which damages the environment. Some people might think that by simply throwing their food away in a trash can the food magically disappears and there is no problem that arises, however, that is not the case. I think people should think about their actions and how it can have a negative impact on the world.


Week 9 – Art Activity – Art Care Package

I am going to send my art care package my friend who is currently studying aboard in the Netherlands.

In the art package I have:

  1. A handwritten letter
  2. A picture of me, him and the rest of our friends
  3. A U.S. Dollar
  4. A movie ticket from Suicide Squad, one of the movies we saw together

I think sending an art care package to my friend is similar to Snapchat in that I am communicating with them and expressing that I care for them which is why I am talking to them. On the other, an art care package is different from Snapchat is that it can seem more meaningful and can show more love. I have taken the time out of my day to think about him and what he would want or need in his care package. Furthermore, I have also taken the time to sit dow write him a letter that expresses my feelings saying how much I miss him and that I hope he is doing well. In addition, an art care package takes a longer time to reach my friend than a ‘snap’ on Snapchat will take. I can send him a nice photo with a caption in seconds through Snapchat, assuming that I have good internet connection. On the other hand, the art care package can take weeks to reach my friend, and sometimes it might even get lost in the mail and never reach him. However, the effort that I put in mailing and putting the package together shows more effort and will seem more meaningful to my friend. I find that sending someone something via social media outlets such as Snapchat is more convenient because it is faster and he could reply to my message faster. In addition, sending him something on Snapchat is also free versus I have to spend money mailing the package and printing out the photo to include in the art package.

I think ephemera is more precious because it shows how time changes over time. For example, movie ticket prices have raised over the years. If one had a movie ticket from centuries ago it might look different from a movie ticket from today. In addition, that movie that the movie ticket is more might be different today than it was a century ago.

I don’t think there is a difference between art seen by just one set of eyes vs. art seen by many people. I think art should be something meaningful and as long as it is meaningful to its audience I don’t think there is a difference between art in a museum and art sent to one person only.img_4399

Week 9 – Artist Conversation – Carmina Correa

Exhibition Information

Artist: Carmina Correa
Exhibition: A Beach in Symmetry and A Breach in Symmetry
Media: Mixed Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Carmina Correa is Filipino-American and has Type 2 diabetes. She is apart of the BFA sculpture program and is currently finishing up her last year at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). After she graduates, she would like to attend a graduate school such as UC Irvine, or UC Berkeley. Her professional career goal is to become a fabricator for other artists. She would like to look at 14 inch art models and transform them into 14 foot art models. In the gallery that Correa’s art is displayed also has works from other artists as well, but the two pieces that belong to Correa are the sugar piece and the confession box. Correa says that the sugar piece is her favorite piece out of the two art pieces.

Formal Analysis 

The sugar piece that Correa made was made from real sugar. It has layers of sugar stacked on top of it. Making the sugar for the piece took Correa about 24 hours because she has to wait at least a day to make one piece after another. The sugar piece looks like it is deteriorating especially the piece on the top. There are also sides to pieces that look they have been broken or fallen off. Another one of Correa’s art is the confession box. The box is very symmetric with all the sides of the box being a perfectly straight line. There is a black curtain on one of the sides of the box, acting as a door to cover up what it inside. When you open the curtain, you see a pew for someone to kneel on. If you kneel on the pew you will a hole and inside the hole there are candles with religious figures as well as stuffed animals such as ‘Mr. Pickle’ and ‘Pooh.’

Content Analysis

I think that Correa’s sugar piece is trying to portray how she has Type 2 diabetes. As someone with Type 2 Diabetes, Correa has to control how much sugar she consumes, hence, she doesn’t have that much sweets from time to time. I think the sugar piece is Correa’s way of expressing her desire to have consume sugary products because she can’t have a lot of it.

Correa’s other art piece is a confession box. Correa was raised as a Roman Catholic, hence she has been inside a confession room and has talked to a priest and knows the feeling inside the confession room. I think going inside a confession room might be daunting at first because you are sharing your sins with a priest, someone you don’t know very well, however, you do it anyways because you want to be clear of your sins. Correa has stuffed animals and candles with religious figures on them inside the confession box. I think by adding the stuffed animals and the candles with religious figures on them Correa is trying to say confessions can be daunting depending on who you’re speaking with. For instance, if you are confessing to your friend about your problems then that doesn’t seem daunting at all because your friend is someone you know and someone that you trust. However, if you were to confess to someone you don’t know then it can be intimidating. I think that by having the candles with the religious figures instead of religious figurines, Correa is trying to say that like fire (which is scary and you tend to want to stay away from it), confessions with a priest who you barely know can be scary.

Synthesis / My Experience

When I first went inside the confession box, I thought to myself that the artist who displayed this must be Catholic, like myself, so I really resonated with the confession box. I am raised in a very religious family. I go to church every Sunday and I go to confession at least three times a year. Every time I go to confession, I always feel nervous. I believe that it is normal to feel nervous before a confession because you are in a tiny space talking to someone who you’ve seen do mass like once a month. I always fear that the priest will make me recite a prayer that I don’t quite memorize. Furthermore, I always try to make my confession session with the priest as short and simple as possible by only saying three to four of my sins each time. However, when I go inside the confession room, the priest is always friendly and eases my nerves. Once I am done confessing my sins to the priest I feel better because I have cleared all of my sins. This feeling is similar to the feeling of someone ranting to their friends about a stressful life experience and being able to get something off of their shoulders. Like Correa, I feel that it is more less daunting to talk to a friend about the struggles of life than with a priest.  However, at times I do feel that talking to a priest is more helpful because I might not see him ever again and whatever I tell him, he would probably forget and move on with his life.