Wk 15 – Artist Interview – Elia Murray

The exhibit that I went to this week was part of the 2015 BFA Illustration/Animation Senior Show. It was called “Drawn out.” It was filled with many unique artist. I happened to interview the great Elia Murray. Her art is influenced by her creatively charged environment. As Murray grew as an artist, she realized that her home and her family are what drive her artistic passion. She says the support from her family has sent her to where she is today.

When first coming to CSULB she was majoring to become an English teacher. Even though art was her passion she thought that it wouldn’t get her anywhere. Her mother watched her struggle with this life choice that she made and ended up forcing her to change her major into art. Now, Murray practices various forms of art, ranging from writing to sculpting fun, lively characters. She says she dreams of someday having one of her own characters come to life on the big screen.


Murray has spent over 5 years in school now and is happy and proud of all her accomplishments. I liked these particular characters. They were fun and different like something I don’t really see often. A lot of her other work sort of had a disney feel to it. I asked if she was ever intrested in working for Disney and she screamed, “YES!! That is a dream of mine.” She also said she had sent in her resume and application for an internship and is now waiting for a response.

Not only is she a great artist in illustration, she also writes short stories. She is finishing up one at the moment and is really excited. She is also working on a storyboard to write a book. Murray says its pretty scary if you don’t have a plan..

Interviewing Elia Murray was very interesting because she had a lot of aspects to her. She writes, she draws, and she sculpts. She is really the full package. I really hope Murray goes far in her career and I wish her nothing but the best!


Wk 15 – Classmate Interview – Marisol Lopez

For the last week of interviews I got to interview my classmate, Marisol Lopez. She is an 18-year-old, first semester, first year college student that dorms. WELCOME TO THE BEACH! She is a Mechanical Engineering major but her dream major is Aerospace Engineering. She came into college as an Aerospace Engineering major but switched because Mechanical Engineering is more broader. She plans to get her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and then a Masters in Aerospace Engineering. She likes to be occupied with something to do because she hates being bored. She loves sea food and sushi. She likes to run and sleep. She likes all types of music but prefers classic rock more. She loves math and hates English. Meeting her, I knew there was a sudden connection. We have some things in common, and many things that makes us distinct from each other. But that shouldn’t ruin a possible friendship that we can create. There is always room for more friends and for many more life experiences. GOOD LUCK IN COLLEGE!

Check out her website at: marisolchristy.wordpress.com

Wk 14 – Classmate Interview – Michelle Howard

For the second to the last week of classmate interviews, I got to interview Michelle Howard. She is a 19 year old, second semester freshman. First of all, WELCOME TO THE BEACH! Michelle came from Cerritos High School and is currently majoring in Education With a bachelors in Education she plans to become a high school teacher. She had an internship in a Pharmacy and is interested in studying abroad. Her most favorite hobby is making YouTube makeup videos and vlogs. She’s has a boyfriend named Hans, who she has been with for 3 years. Now that’s commitment. Her favorite place to eat is Chipotle and she likes to drink peach tea. Something that we both have in common is that we both worked at our high schools cafeteria. At the end of our meet and greet she had asked me a really good question, “What would you do with half a million dollars when the world ends in 2 days?” I told her that I would donate half of it to a charity and spend the other half with my family. I was interested in what she would do and she said that she would buy miniature tea-cup piggies and go to Germany. Overall, Michelle seems to be a well-rounded person that knows what she is doing. I happened to look at a few of her YouTube videos, and I have to say, girl got some skills. I wish her the best in her YouTube channel and with her academic-career. GOOD LUCK NEXT SEMESTER!

Wk 14 – Artist Interview – Yireh Elaine Kwak

The exhibit that I went to this week was part of the Senior Painting/Drawing BFA Show. It was called “LIMINAL.” It was filled with many unique artist. I got the chance to interview the Yireh Elaine Kwak. Her art is influenced by her personal experiences. As Kwak grew as an artist, she realized that her home and her family are what drive her artistic passion. She practices various forms of art, ranging from studio art to musical art. The art piece behind her in the picture is one that was inspired by her home, which has a beautiful view of mountains. This painting is an oil painting and in my opinion is extremely detailed. I thought it was beautifully done. She says art is always changing so she’s always trying to change with it. Kwak mentioned that as an artist, a very important part of the creative process is being able to keep an open mind. Also to be comfortable with going along with different types of creative processes. Having loved and done art since childhood, Kwak is now majoring in drawing and painting. She has decided to take one year off of school after she graduates before returning for a Masters program. During her year off, she plans on working on her portfolio and doing smaller projects. Yreh Elaine Kwak is an amazing artist.

Wk 13 – Extra Credit #4 – Text Message Poetry – Jasmine Barnum

1. Get your mobile device!

2. Open up to your text messages.

3. Look through your messages of the last ten people you have messaged.

4. Write down the third word of the last text you sent to that person.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all of the ten people from your text messages.

6. Make a poem from all the words you wrote down.

7. Read your poem aloud!

Here is what I got:

You coming Hugo ticket Romeo lol

This was quite amusing.. I liked how I got a “lol” in there to show that it was a ridiculous poem. I enjoyed this procedure most because I always have my cell phone on me. It was easy to access and not that hard to put together a funny sentence. Also, the sentence created from these texts messages gives the gist of the actual conversation I was having with my boyfriend, about us going to a concert in May with Romeo Santos.

It weird how something like getting the third word from each of your text messages could become something no one expected. I definitely liked this procedure. I believe this type of art it produces can be beautiful.

Wk 13 – Artist Interview – Marty Knop

This week I interviewed Marty Knop. His exhibit was pretty interesting. The name of the exhibit was pretty hard to pronounce, Icosikaihenagon. Don’t know what that means but his exhibit had a lot of print art. Marty loves math, and who knew that you could contribute math into art by not only shapes, but formulas. He stated, “When you know a lot of math, you can turn it into a lot of different things and make new stuff using it as an element.” I thought of this statement to be very interesting because I never would have thought that math and art could go hand and hand. He uses a computer program to create his art. He wanted to do something and express math in an artistic type of way. Which I thought was pretty cool. Knop says that because there are infinite solutions for infinite math problems, it becomes necessary to have a database for them. He started out experimenting with simple geometric shapes such as triangles and used mostly black and white color. He started using random patterns because he says they are much more interesting than say a checkerboard pattern. Knop says that a lot of his viewers do not comprehend what his art means or what is the story behind his masterpieces, but he says that’s the point. He wants his viewers to think outside the box. Even though many of his pieces do not necessarily have a specific meaning he would the viewers them to continue to think, which is something we all have to do in math, non-stop thinking. After seeing Knop’s work, the wide, random array of colors incorporated was very noticeable. Curious if he chose the colors at random or if there was a process in choosing which colors to use, I asked him how he chose the colors. He responded saying that he generally bases his color choices on cost effectiveness, given that some colors are more expensive than others. But also, he said that with digital printing, the color choices are endless so he must limit himself for coherence. A process he described was that he would have 3 different color choices at 3 different areas of a piece to see what fits. On the larger paintings it took him up to about 3 weeks to complete, while the smaller ones, obviously it took him less time. He added that generally, it requires a week for him to print the piece and to see how it looks and another two weeks for other artistic considerations. These considerations may include making changes in the use of color, design, or shape. I particularly enjoyed hearing his explanation on the meaning of his art, which helped me understand that some art, though it may be for generally aesthetic purposes, it is that goal to create an aesthetically stimulating piece that is its message.

Wk 12 – Artist Interview – Piet Eppinga

The gallery was full of life-sized, beautiful sculptures of earthy human-like figures. Instead of the artist being outside behind a table to answer questions, he actually gave me and few other classmates a walk through of his gallery.  He explained his interpretation of each sculpture and explained what it was made of and the meanings behind the design.  He also said that his sculptures were up for our interpretation, too.  Ideas developed and he worked to sculpt his ideas but then more pop up and tries to include all of his interpretations and ideas into his art.  Piet has a Caucasian heritage but his art was diverse and multicultural as he lives in a multicultural society and needs to incorporate the different cultures and subcultures into his art, otherwise it would cause segregation.  Piet also just started sculpting in 2008. He owns a house in north of Long Beach, where I live, and it is big enough to where he can fit all of his life-sized sculptures in his home. During Piet’s second employment to Iraq, his buddy told him to use the GI Bill.  So he did and came to CSULB.  He started off taking welding classes and then the polish wheel because he though it was pretty cool.  His ceramics teacher told him that he could be good at ceramics if he went for it.  He took the teacher’s advice and now he is an amazing sculptor.  He also wants to be a kindergarten-12th grade art teacher one day.