Artist: Carmina Correa
Exhibition: definition of sugar
Media: Sculpture, Sugar
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website: N/A 😦
About the Artist
Carmina Correa is an undergraduate here at Cal State Long Beach. She is working towards her BFA in CSULB School of Art’s Sculpture Program. The ideas behind her work look at the relationship between sugar and diabetes and the ways it effects our body’s health. She was extremely nice to talk to and was expressing her interest in video games, which she likes to play in her free time.
The main color expressed throughout the exhibit was bright red. Within each lollipop there was a blood glucose strip, those who have diabetes are familiar with those. In the beginning of the exhibit there are a set of lollipops with the chemical compound of sugar printed on each individual lollipop. In the corners of the room, there are ramen packets on the floor symbolizing the unhealthy damages all that sodium will do to your body. In the center of the exhibit there is a large green and black structure made out of what I would guess to be clay. There is no set shape to the objects in the middle of the room. The most common repeating shape overall if the circular lollipop shape.
The main point behind this exhibit is to show the effects sugar has on the body, more specifically on those who have diabetes. Correa has type 2 diabetes herself, so you can tell there was a lot of effort put into this project. Each lollipop is a bright red to symbolize blood and each blood test strip embedded in the lollipop hold very strong symbolization. Each strip within a lollipop is to show how many times Correa had to check her blood levels throughout the semester. The ramen of the exhibit is to show that as college students, we tend to eat what is cheap and easy to prepare-even though it definitely is not the healthiest thing to eat.
Synthesis / My Experience
Overall I really enjoyed talking with Carmina! Normally on these artist conversations I feel like I am talking to someone above me, and Correa was really easy to talk to and actually reminded me a bit of my sister when she mentioned her interest in video games. I think her exhibit is important because it brings attention to the daily struggles people with diabetes have to go through. My uncle has diabetes and I never knew that you had to prick your finger that many times throughout a day, even a semester. This exhibit makes you really think about how many crap foods we put into our body.