Marilyn Rodriguez

Artistically challenged. Academically motivated.

Wk15- Art Activity – Design Your Life

I think the idea of designing your life Is really cool but a little impractical. For example, sometimes your dream job is not the best when it comes to the economy. My dream job would be to eat food all day, but being a food critic is harder than it sounds. Also if you’re planning on having a family, sometimes your dream job does not fit into the equation. Sometimes you have to focus on providing for your loved ones instead of focusing adventure. Im glad Chantae Reden does what she loves and gets paid for it but I think it is much harder than it seems. Like she said, it takes a lot of rejection letters to get where you want. My ideal life would be to be a food critic or wedding planner and have a beautiful cozy house in the suburbs.


Wk15 – Classmate Conversation – Emelina Virga

My last classmate conversation was with Evelina Virga. She is currently a senior who commutes from Redondo. We both discussed about how much of a pain parking and commuting is. She is double majoring with international studies and Italian studies. She has studied abroad in Florence, Italy for a yeah and really enjoyed Naples. Unlike me, she likes to be spontaneous and travel. Her next adventure is to San Francisco as soon as finals are over.

Wk14- Art Activity – Japanese Garden 

The Japanese garden activity was one of the most peaceful activities right next to week 13. Personally I really love nature and I feel like we live such a fast paced life that we don’t really take a moment to admire whats around us. Unfortunately I had to go to the garden on a different day because I had work on the day of class however this allowed me to be alone and take a different perspective. One of the employees allowed me to feed the fish since I was sitting by the koi pond. At first I was skeptical but I got the courage up and did it. “What happened?”, you might ask. Well heres a little clip on me losing my mind as one of the koi fish sucked my finger.

​And this is why, I decided to sketch out a koi fish close to my hand. I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared in my life. Now I know they don’t have any teeth, but that doesn’t stop the fear of getting of my hand ripped off. The fact that I couldn’t erase was also really hard. Im not the best drawer out there so the pressure was definitely on. Now, I know my koi looks extremely mad, thats because in my mind he tried to eat my hand. Even though I was annoyed I couldn’t use an eraser (my pencil didn’t have one on purpose), I enjoyed being able to laugh at my ugly drawings and mistakes.

Wk13- Extra Credit- Adventure in LA Art

I’ve always wanted to go on a museum day in LA. Something about the art that these places have makes it feel like you can do anything. Although I haven’t gone to the most amazing museum ever (the MOIC) I had a lot of fun going to the ones I had time for.

The Broad

I can see why everyone goes here to take pictures. The whole museum had a very asethtic feel to it followed by A LOT of photo opportunities. Of course because of all the hype this museum has drawn to itself, the place was crowded and very hard to take nice pictures of without random strangers in your frame .


Wk13- Artist Conversation- Krystal Ramirez

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Artist: Krystal Ramirez

Exhibition: La Cena Esta Servida, Dinner is Served

Media: metal, copper, silver, brass

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery


Instagram: @kgmetalcraft

Artist Krystal Ramirez is currently a senior here at CSULB and working towards finishing her BFA degree with a major is 3D media while focusing on metal. She has always lived near the beach. Starting from Huntington to Long Beach her love for jewelry making and arts and crafts followed.

Ramirez uses all sorts of different metals to create a cohesive dining set in the middle of the gallery. Her dinner table included all sorts of items from forks to spoons and even cups. Although the pieces of her art were beautiful and modern details of art, they all created a bigger piece of art when observed together.

Ramirez explained to us that theres more to a dinner table than just a place to eat. Her dinner table was a place of storytelling and memories that her family shared. It was a location where the family got together and shared their day whether in ended badly or really well. Each utensils has its own meaning and brings its own to the dining table.

This exhibit really got me thinking about my dinner table and how my family uses it to interact. During this time, it is very hard to just stop and take a second to talk to people. Ive gone days without talking to my family because of how busy and different our schedules are. Dinner is the only time I can guarantee my family will all be there. Sometimes its the little things like a meal together that make the best memories.




Wk12- Art Activity – Ethnography

For this week’s activity , I decided to spend it in my room Thursday night after my class. It was a perfect day to shut myself out of electricity since it was the end of my week. My plan at first was to sit down and read my murder mystery by candlelight but that quickly ended in me knocking out cold and not waking up until 3am. I would say this activity is pretty easy if you have nothing to do and if you’re really tired. I could see how it could be very inconvienant and frustrating if you had to study for an exam or finish up some homework. I feel like stepping away from electricity, specifically your phone, is really good for you. I’ve had days where I turn my phone off because I just want to be able to be with my thoughts and get my life together. I slept better since there was very few things I could do. I feel like our generation would think this is a boring project since our lives revolve around electricity but I think this is a good example of how it’s okay to put everything away and just focus on the little things. 

Wk12 – Artist Conversation – Alice Andreini

Artist: Alice Andreini

Exhibition: No-Mans Land

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Media: Drawing & Painting


Alice Andreini is currently working towards earning her MFA in Drawing & Painting here at CSULB. Her goal is to become an art teacher and inspire other students to pursue their artistic dreams. Andreini was not always studying art. Before turning to painting she was studying medicine. She enjoys painting, visiting art galleries and reading poetry in her free time.

Throughout her gallery, Andreini covered the walls with huge canvas paintings. She used  oil, cold wax and impasto gel to create the different textures on her paintings. Most of her paintings are filled with all sorts of colors except for one wall which she used different shades of grey to portray a “New World”. Andreini uses different brush strokes to create a 3-dimensional approach to her art.

Andreini named her exhibit “No-Mans Land” to represent how something so beautiful like nature can become corrupt. When you look at a park , you are admiring the external beauty it gives off, however do you ever think about all the profit it makes during busy weekends when they change for parking? Do we ever think about what had to be removed to place this park here? In reality, it really is no-mans land.

When I walked through her gallery, I didn’t really understand until I talked to her. I realized that there was way more to her paintings that vibrant colors and different brush strokes. I think its amazing on how she managed to interpret all of this different meanings into her paintings.

Wk11- Artist Conversation- Yujia Gu

Artist: Yujia Gu

Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA

Media: Mixed Media

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery


Instagram: yujia_gu

Yujia Gu has already earned her BFA in Graphic Design in China before she came to America. Right now she is currently working on earning her MFA in the School of Art’s graphic design program. 

Gu’s exhibit had a very different take from the rest of the exhibits that day. When you entere , the first thing you saw on the wall was images and names of children that had died from guns after Newtown. On another wall , there was a huge projection screen that showed a video with facts and images of shootings that have occurred. The whole exhibition was very straight to the point and informational. Gu explained that her mother had always warned about the dangers that guns bring which led to her inspiration for this exhibit. 

When I first walked into this exhibit I felt like I was walking into a news room. “THIS JUST IN ; SHOOTINGS IN AMERICA RISE”. It didn’t feel like I was in an art exhibit. Personally I really liked it because it was an exhibit that informed me on what was going on in the world today. Not a lot of people know specific facts about shootings and gun violence so I felt like this exhibit really helped open people’s eyes. 

Wk11- Classmate Conversation – Gabriela Urbina & Lauren Trinh

This week I met the two lovely ladies , Gabriela (middle) & Lauren (right). Gabriela is a liberal studies major who commutes from Downey. She would love to teach 3rd graders because she believes it’s the best grade. She took an ROP course in high school that helped her find her career path. Some of Gabriela’s hobbies include hanging with friends , cooking and traveling. She considers herself a very spontaneous person. Lauren is also a commuter however she is from Westminster. She is a second year student studying information systems. She has always been into business concepts and computers. Like many of us in this generation , she grew up with technology in her everyday life. Her hobbies enjoy singing, reading and listening to music. I had a great time talking to both of them and getting to know them. 

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