Wk15- Artist Convo- Nancy Young

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Artist: Nancy Young

Exhibition: As the Crow Flies

Media: paper, ink, transparencies, litho stone

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: none

Instagram: none

For this weeks artist conversation, I had the opportunity to hear the context and background of Nancy Young’s work. She plans to graduate from CSULB this year as she majors in printmaking. She mentioned to students that she attend the university when she was younger, but stopped due to her grades and personal issues such as being bipolar. Now that Nancy has returned to school, she utilizes what she learns from her classes to make her work better and last (be looked upon in the future) rather than the money it makes. Nancy currently works in OC as a programmer.

For her exhibition, “As the Crow Flies,” Nancy decided to name it this because she traveled around So Cal for the classes, exhibitions, and workplaces she’s attended in her time. When looking at her work of art, I also noticed that she depicted the figure of a crow in some of her pieces. Looking at the exhibition she set up, her work consisted of different contexts and images she depicted in her work. Her work also varied in sizes which showed her versatility to work in small or bigger canvas and still be able to get her work across to the viewers. As printmaking is a timely form of art, one can tell these pieces took awhile to make, due to the levels/steps one must complete for printmaking.

When looking at her artwork, one can see the work Nancy has put into her work. One thing that she mentioned to the students was that she was grateful for another chance to attend school and now she was going to graduate with a BFA in printmaking. The work she has put up in the gallery resemble the art she wants to last in the future as she mentioned before. Most of her work vary in context, yet most had the idea of nature in it. For example, one piece had a tree, another had a crow, and another had the sky and a bridge. She likes using black, grey and white in her work.

Overall, I liked the idea of Nancy’s work and the way each had its own main image. I enjoyed more the story behind her work and why she continues to strive for her art. She returned to school and was able to finish because her love for art, which should tell students something. Ultimalty, I really enjoyed this convo as my last for Art110 class and enjoyed the semester.


Wk15- Classmate Convo- Vanessa Betancourt

For this weeks artist conversation, I met Venessa Betancourt, who I did not know prior to Thursday’s class meeting. From our small conversation, I got to know a lot about her interests and what she likes. Vanessa is from Bellflower, where she commutes from. She is currently a first year social work major, which she plans to use in order to do office work or to be in charge of cases. Some of her hobbies include hiking, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends. Vanessa’s favorite color is burgundy. Her biggest fear is not succeeding. The first thing she notices about people are their eyes and smile. Something we have in common is that we both like Italian food and music in general (aside from country). Her favorite artist is J Cole. If Vanessa can travel anywhere in the world, she said she would like to visit Italy. One thing on her bucket list is getting a full tattoo sleeve. Overall, it was cool getting to know Vanessa because we share some interests and I found out we take Hist 173 before this art class. Vanessa’s website: https://vanessabetancourt.wordpress.com


Wk14- Art Experience- Drawing in the Garden

For this weeks art experience, the class had to go to the Japanese Garden instead of the galleries to draw sketches of the garden. For the assigment, we had to draw six sketches, in which three are representative and three are abstract. For the three representative I concentrated on the garden and the pond. I put more details into my sketches. For the abstract, I basically sketched quickly and never lifted my pencil off the paper. This was easier because I kept drawing other lines over the ones I messed up on, which then added detail to them. For these drawings, I drew quick lines in forms of leaves for the trees and bushes in the garden. What was difficult in the assignment was drawing the animals in the pond because once you looked back at them, they were no longer in the same spot. This made it more fun as it took memorization for me to continue my sketch. Overall, I loved this assignment because we got to spend times outside of the gallery and got to sketch at the Japanese Garden.