Marilyn Rodriguez

Artistically challenged. Academically motivated.

Wk 10- Artist Conversation – Britney Waters

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Artist: Brittany Waters

Exhibition: #MoreThanASandbox

Media: Ceramics, Video Installation

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Instagram: @artbywaters

Britney Waters is a currently a fourth year studying towards getting her BFA in Sculpture here at CSULB. She is from Sacramento and was inspired by California and its beaches. After graduation she would like to go for her masters.

Waters took a lot of time and effort into creating this installation. She explained to us that each of her clay turtles took about 2-3 hours to make because of how intricate they are. The gallery was surrounded by pictures on the wall detailing her process. She also set the scene in her installation by pouring sand all over the floor in one section and places the turtles in a specific place. Waters transformed that gallery into a beautiful tropical paradise equipped with its own beach chair. She stated that she hopes this gallery helps people realize that the ocean is more than a sandbox, its somebody’s home.

I really liked this installation even though I’m not a huge fan of the beach and it’s sand. It made me realize that we need to appreciate nature more.



Wk 10- Art Activity – Architecture [The Wedge]

To me, the Wedge at CSULB is kind of like a right of passage, sort of like jumping in the fountain when you graduate. Yes it does get annoying from time to time, especially when you’re running late to class but I think it defines human nature in a funny way. It shows how some people would rather take a shortcut instead of taking the long safe route. Lets be real here, sometimes the USU wedge takes longer to get through because of the traffic instead of going around through the huge space.If I could change anything about it is that I would make a second entry way so that there could be a way for ongoing traffic. I would also place a plaque on the side of the marble saying “One day you’ll pass through this and be one degree hotter”. I personally think students would think this is an improvement and appreciate how theres two wedges instead of one.

Wk9 – Art Activity- Graffiti

This week’s activity is definitely number one on my top art activities so far. Ive always loved spray painting. I even own an airbrush gun because I love playing with different textures and colors. One thing I’m not really good at is bubble letters. I would say that the writing was the toughest part to do. I chose to use pastel colors since Spring just started.

If I would re-do this activity , I would change the location/canvas of my name. I would really like to go to Venice and contribute to the art there. My favorite thing about spray painting is that you can change the fineness of your work based on the distance from the surface. Although it can get pretty smelly , I loved this activity! I wish I was as talented as some artists out there that cover LA with their art. Maybe one day.

Wk9- Artist Conversation-Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition: Recuerdos

Media: Mixed Media, Sculpture

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery West


Instagram: @sin.llorar

Dulce Soledad Ibarra is currently a senior at CSULB studying to get her BFA in sculpture. She switched her major from drawing to sculpture and became inspired by her culture an dhow every object has a reason for existing. She is a first generation student and citizen since her family immigrated to the United States from Leon, Guanajuato. She is on the way to graduating this May and being an inspiration for the rest of her family.

Ibarra’s walk through-sculpture “Recuerdos” is made up of dolls, clothes and little knick-knacks but the most important factor is the memories that she has been inspired by. Ibarra’s family had inherited her aunt’s belongings after she passed away four years ago. Her aunt kept things like dolls, cassettes and even little party favors from Quinceaneras and baby showers. These objects were then intermixed and placed on pastel yellow bookshelves to create an open exhibit.

The exhibit itself sat in the middle of the gallery showing us a 360 degree view of memories. Although Ibarra’s aunt was labeled a hoarder, this was her coping mechanism and allowed her to feel at home. Sometimes you cant bear throwing things away because maybe you never had a lot of stuff in the beginning? Her aunt was an undocumented immigrant who had struggled her whole life. Gathering this objects might have made her feel more like she is home. Maybe her way of holding on to her childhood was by keeping her dolls close to her. I still have stuffed animals from when I was a baby because it reminds me of simpler times. The pastel yellow bookshelves prove to us that her aunt was a very upbeat person that was not just a hoarder, but a sentimental strong person who dealt with the future while having her past on her side.

I really enjoyed this display , maybe because I’m a hoarder too ? Who knows. I personally have a lot of objects in my room that most people would say “Why do you still have that/” but to me they’re not just random objects, they’re memories. I understand where Ibarra’s aunt is coming from. Sometimes you keep clothes that don’t even fit you anymore but you remember meeting someone especial while you were wearing it. Its a funny idea to think that someone can have such a different perspective on something you are very fond of.



Wk8 – Art Activity – Finger Painting

This activity was a huge stress reliever for me. I recently got into a minor car accident and I have been stressed till no end. Unfortunately I’ve had no transportation for the past week therefore I had to use a smaller sheet a paper but it still did the job. At first I was wonder what colors I should use and then I decided why not use the colors of my mood. I haven’t been the most happy person lately and so I figured let use blue and black and see how that turns out. I kind of felt like a little kid again, not worrying about my problems but just blasting Weezer in my headphones and playing with paint. I’m no Picasso but I defiantly felt inspired by my emotions. This activity helped me let out a lot of frustrations that I’ve had throughout my week and Im glad I go to experience this activity this week .

Wk8 – Classmate Conversation- Jennifer Vega

This week I got to meet Jennifer Vega. Unfortunately we were so caught up in our conversation that we forgot to take a picture together so here is a cute selfie of her ! Jennifer is a second year here at CSULB. She was studying health science and then switched to speech language. She is a commuter just like me even though her commute is way shorter than mine. Jennifer is also the oldest out of three girls. Im also the oldest so I know how much of a pain your little siblings can be.  She loves going to Knotts which I thought was funny since I used to work there when  was younger. I explained how Knotts is fun if you don’t see the things happening backstage. Jennifer is gonna spend her spring break learning how to parallel park which I totally understand how much of a pain it is. I didn’t learn how to parallel park until I started coming to long beach since its a major necessity around this city. She seems like a cool genuine person and I’m glad I got to meet her . 🙂





Wk7 – Artist Conversation-Elena Roznovan

Artist: Elena Roznovan

Exhibition: Stop & Stare

Media: Dirt, Window, and Screens

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gastov Gallery

Instagram: @eroznovan

Elena Roznovan is currently a second year here at CSULb working towards her MFA in Face and Sculpture. Her inspiration was the Light & Space movement which began in the 1960’s. She was also inspired by Robert Irwin & Larry Bell. Elena enjoys this minimalistic approach to art which is why she uses different perspectives in her art. She mentioned that one of the things she would like to do after she graduates is have shows in galleries and she would like to look into living in artist colonies such as the ones Andrea Zittel creates.

A huge part of her art is the scenery. She uses space in a minimalistic way in order to incorporate different perspectives. Elena shared with us that she use the desert for her shots because of the dry air in addition to all the history that rests there. Another reason she uses spaces like the desert is because there is a lot of empty space that allows for building without restrictions. In other words the desert is like a blank canvas. She uses frames in a versatile way to create a more unique way of 2D through the window frames. The transparencies she uses

When I first walked into the exhibit, I immodestly felt more relaxed. I think it was the sunset and how the scenery was nature based so it made everything else irrelevant. The lighting Elena used also helped set the mood and changed your perspective based on your feelings.

Wk7- Classmate Conversation- Maryam Takla

For week seven I got to meet with Maryam! If I could describe her in one word I would say, badass. In her free time she practices jiu jitsu which I thought was pretty cool. We easily bonded over our feelings towards dresses or skirts or heels, YUCK. Unlike me, she does not commute. She is from the San Fernando Valley and lives in the dorms. She is a second year with a passion for math and a fast worker. She is currently studying towards getting her bachelors in civil engineering. She would like to work for a private company instead of the government because of the benefits that comes along when being hired by a private company.I really admired that she always knew what she wanted to do since high school. She knew what she was good at and researched it so that she could enter college with a clear goal. One of the many things we have in common was that we are both terrifies of blood and needles. We’ve both tried to donate but it’s just not our thing. I had a really great time getting to know Maryam and Im glad we met. 🙂

Wk5 – Art Activity- Automatic Drawing

This week’s activity was a little confusing for me. First of all, Im not good at drawing. Artistically challenged remember? I chose to do this activity with my little brother since he was available and to be honest, he’s pretty cool. At first we were both laughing so hard we broke the oil crayons. Between clumsy and silly , this project was doomed for a disaster. I chose to do fun vibrant colors because 1. they look pretty and 2. the relationship between my brother and I is fun , loud, and well for lack of better words, VIBRANT! I think we had too much fun trying to take control over the crayon which is why my drawing looks like a 3 year old drew it.After we finished I added my name to my drawing but then things got crazier. We ended up doing one for my brother too and THAT one came out cooler in my opinion. I honestly don’t know if we were holding the crayon correctly or what but at the end we both felt like Picasso and thats all that matters. Until next time oil crayons!


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