Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Brittney Waters

Exhibition Information

Artist: Brittney Waters

Exhibition: #MoreThanASandbox

Media: clay, varnish, sand

Gallery: Dutzi Gallery

Instagram: @artbywaters

About the Artist

Brittney Waters is a very outgoing person with a fun personality. She is a senior undergrad working towards her BFA in Cal State Long Beach School of Art Ceramics Program. She was influenced to make an exhibit of Sea Turtles after a trip to Hawaii. She realized that there haven’t been sightings of sea turtle nestings, but we do see sea turtles. She realized that a lot of wildlife isn’t supported unless there is entertainment for us, and this is where #MoreThanASandbox began.

Formal Analysis

Water’s turtles have the emmaculate detail of a realistic hatchling for each and every one. You can tell she clearly spent a lot of time on each turtle to nail every detail from a discoloration in the shell to using glossy black paint for the eyes of the turtle to make them look alive. Some of her turtles were even dipped in sand after varnished to add texture and authenticity.

Content Analysis

Water’s exhibit is about bringing awareness to sea turtles. The fact that we do not see turtle nest’s on our beach is alarming, turtles need to be preserved. Water’s realized wildlife is not supported unless there is entertainment provided for us, like I mentioned above, so she began to start the project to bring attention to sea turtles. When making each individual turtle, she really thought about every quality of a turtle she could put into each piece to make them look as realistic as possible.

Synthesis/My Experience

Personally, I loved this exhibit so much! I can say this is probably my favorite artist I’ve seen at school so far. Each turtle had so much time and detail put into it, you could clearly see that. I even asked her how long each turtle took her to make and she said roughly 3 hours from start to finish. That’s amazing! Her keen attention to detail really brought this whole exhibit together and I enjoyed it a lot.


Wk 10 – Art Experience – Architecture & Urban Planning

For this week’s art experience, I had to redesign a popular foot traffic location known as “the wedge” in front of FA4. I’m not the most skilled person at sketching, so I decided to recreate the wedge on the popular virtual reality game, Sims 3. In the game, you’re able to build your own house and furnish it how you like, so I found it fitting to do it through this game. What I changed about the wedge is I took out the tree, yes it is old and probably has lived a long life, but it’s in the way. I removed the random railing to the right of the tree, removed the shrub to the left of the door, removed the column for easier access to the door, and finally repaved cement over the dirt where the tree once was. With these new renovations to the FA4 wedge, I believe it will provide easier access to the singular door that grants access to the staircase to reach levels 2 and 3 of the building. The tradeoffs I made at my site were simple, remove all the clutter to provide more space. Like I mentioned above, there is no more tree, railing, column, or shrub in my new design because, in my opinion, I think it’s unnecessary to be there in the first place. I would hope new students a year from now would only talk about how convenient the new pavement would be instead of complaining about having to walk through dirt or swerve around a column to get to a dang door. Hope you like it!



Wk 9 – Art Experience – 2D Graffiti Painting

2D Graffiti Painting!

Okay, the way I attached these photos was in the sequential order of how badly I failed at doing this weeks art experience. I asked my parents if the had any spray paint and just by chance they had black and pink spray paint that I was able to use for this project. I originally went to spray paint bubble letters of my name and totally did not gauge my spacing properly and ended up just spraying “MEG” really poorly across my chosen surface. So I decided to grab some of my sister’s craft paper, tape it over my failed surface, and try to spray paint some cherry blossom trees because the colors I had worked perfectly (or so I thought). I also did this project by myself and nobody was home to take a picture of me doing the project so I took some selfie-ish photos and one of the first pictures has my spraypainted finger in the bottom of the screen. LOL! This project was fun, but I don’t think graffiti-ing is anywhere in my future.

Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – David Desantis

Exhibition Information

Artist: David DeSantis

Exhibition: Day Dreamer

Media: Ink and paper materials

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: Instagram.com/rapturefineart

About the Artist

David DeSantis is a senior undergraduate working towards his BFA in CSULB School of Art’s Printmaking Program. He loves dubstep music and hard rock and drew a lot of his inspiration from those genres. He lives in Westminster and commutes to Long Beach for school. He originally wanted to be an artist who spent time drawing designs on motorcycles, but then he discovered fine art and embodied what he wanted to create for himself.

Formal Analysis

His art’s formal qualities are very fluid. Everything has some type of curve to it giving it a sense of movement. Nothing too straight or clean cut. Just like the beat of dubstep music, all his work shown seems to always be changing, flowing, rhythmic. His color profile, however, seems like he sticks to one shade of his chosen color. The samurai mask painting above shows how used red ink instead of his standard black.

Content Analysis

For DeSantis hi art is about making an object obscure, but to still make it recognizable.  Referring to the red samurai mask above again, he stated he wanted to embody the idea that once samurais go into war, their helmets represent a demon in hope to scare or intimidate their enemy. He never wants to be confined to follow corporate wants, which is why he became an artist free to create his own work.

Synthesis / My Experience

I really enjoyed David’s exhibit! When I was interviewing him, he mentioned he liked anime and I knew I chose the right artist to interview. I love anime and anything to do with Japan really. That’s actually why I chose his artwork because I saw the red samurai mask from outside the gallery and I was instantly drawn to the ink drawing. All his artwork was interesting to look at, and I thought his interpretations were all very clever. Go check him out on Instagram!

Wk8 – Art Experience – Finger Painting

The experience of finger painting overall was frustrating. I didn’t understand the concept of painting my dark colors before my light and I thought using my fingers just got messy. I tried to paint The Great Wave with very little memory recollection of what it looked like, and it turned out like this! Afterwards, I looked up a photo of the real painting and was pleasantly surprised by how well I actually portrayed the original.  It was nice to actually feel the paint while I was doing this project, but I don’t think I will be finger painting again anytime soon. This compares to other paintings I’ve seen because the lines kind of flow together and it isn’t completely obvious that I used my fingers to paint.

Wk8 – Classmate Conversation – Matt Ngo


This week I missed class because I was sick, so I improvised and asked Matt Ngo to be more classmate conversation for this week. I recognized him from our class and asked if I could do my convo with him. He’s a second-year health science major. He is a car enthusiast and is in a multicultural fraternity, Zeta Phi Rho. In his free time, he likes to skate and ride bikes. He;s from Long Beach, so he commutes to school His favorite type of music is hip-hop, edm, trap, and r&b. As a car enthusiast, I asked him what his favorite car was and he said the Porsche GT3. His favorite food is Mexican food, but nothing with beans because he finds them too starchy. You can find his blog here.

Wk7 – Artist Conversation – Juliana Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibit Information

Artists: Julina Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibition: Doodles in Space

Media: roofing paper, drywall, toilet paper, butcher paper

Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: https://fa4collective.com/portfolio/tidawhitney-lek/ @tidawhitney @juli22n2222b

About the Artists

Both girls are two undergrad seniors who are enrolled in CSULB’s Drawing & Painting art program for a BFA in Fine Arts. Juliana Bustillo was born in Texas but was raised in Los Angeles. She always liked to draw when she was younger and her school teachers used to place her in drawing competitions that she would end up winning. Tidawhitney Lek was born and raised in Long Beach, and originally started out drawing because she couldn’t afford painting supplies at the time. These two became close friends here in the art program at CSULB.

Formal Analysis

The girl’s exhibit was full of different black and white types of paper strewn across the space provided, stuck to the wall, and bunched up into pieces. The materials vary from toilet paper to butcher paper and it takes up the whole space of the room. The whole room was only black and white, and there was no space left empty.

Content Analysis

This art exhibit took Juliana and Tidawhitney a total of 3 days to complete. Both girls explained the exhibit as semi-planned and contemporary. Tidawhitney explains their collab as a drawing installation that incorporated multiple medias such as wires, plastic, and paper. Unlike 2D doodles, Doodles in Space, captured 3D sporadic and random doodles. I believe this art is very different from conventional doodles, and forced the two to get creative with different shapes and medias.

 Synthesis / My Experience

When I first walked into the gallery I was really surprised about how much artwork was strung up across the whole area. The artists really took advantage of how big the given space was and I thought their media was really different from what I’ve seen before. Their use of simple items such as toilet paper seat covers to create art shows their sense of artistic perspective. I really enjoyed walking throughout their exhibit and seeing everything in black and white.


Wk7 – Classmate Conversation – Norma Garcia


For this week’s classmate conversation, I talked with Norma. She’s a 4th-year journalism major and she chose journalism because in high school she was the news anchor for her school’s student news program. She has a specialization in public relation and really wants to do PR in fashion. I can totally see her doing that because every time we see each other in class I notice her outfits are always really cute! She dorms in Parkside and is from Lake Elsinore, which is only a few exits past my hometown! We bonded over the fact that we are from almost the same area. 951!!! She likes to paint in her free time, play with her dogs, cook and eat. We found out we have a lot in common, with something as small as both loving a grilled cheese and tomato soup combo- to both visiting the Ostrich farm in Solvang. Her favorite animal is a deer and she has two dogs named Jerry and Chachis. I definitely know we will be becoming better friends as this class goes on. Find her blog here!

Wk6 – Artist Inspiration – Carmina Correa

Artist: Carmina Correa

Exhibition: Dank Memes

Media: watercolor painting

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery

Doge just wanted to be loved, and never understood why his original owners abandoned him at the animal shelter. Doge was sad and wanted to find new owners that would love him, but the shelter kept him in the back of the shelter because his face was too meme-like. They told doge that nobody would ever love him again, so doge decided to escape on the next daily walk. He slipped out of the collar the shelter gave him and decided to live on the streets of Portland. His fur coat was just getting thick enough to withstand the crisp, cold Oregon air. His first night on the streets, he started to smell an amazing scent that drew him towards it. Was that bacon? No! It was the smell of freshly baked donuts. He followed the scent and ended up outside the Portland famous Voodoo Donuts. He rummaged through the trashcans of the fine establishment and found a perfectly intact voodoo donut. The voodoo donut, the ghostly figure had something evil in it and doge started to feel a change in his tiny doge body. He started growing like Alice in Wonderland and soon was the size of the Fremont Bridge. Cute little doge was suddenly evil dank meme doge after eating that voodoo donut and started to wreak havoc on the city because all his sad emotions of being abandoned turned into evil ones. He wanted to find his old owners so he sought across the city. Will doge ever find them?

Wk6 – Art Experience – Zines & Flip Books

For this week, we had to make a zine. Originally I was pumped because I know a guy in my dorm building has made a few zines, and is pretty knowledgeable on the media- but when I actually went to make mine I had so many trials and error prints until I could properly position my words on the page! My experience was indifferent about this project really, I actually tried to make another zine with other poems I wrote about death. A dark subject, I know, but I recently lost a friend and all my emotions were still in sad mode. I found it too difficult to print out those pieces and decided to fix up some old poems I wrote about a shitty ex-boyfriend I had in high school and I produced this as my final product. In the future, I would like to make this one better by adding more pieces I’ve written, and I hope to finish my other zine when my sad mood has passed. It definitely helped that there was a zine showing in the gallery this week because I found these mini zines were the cutest, less paper use and I love using tiny fonts. Definitely trying this project out again sometime down the road.