WK 10- Artist Conversation- Helen Werner Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil paint, pastel, Water-based materials: crayons and color pencils

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: www.helenwernercox.com

Instagram: no Instagram

For this week’s artist conversation, I got to meet Helen Werner Cox. She was born and raised in a small town outside of Ithaca in New York where she described herself as “a little country girl.” Cox is currently a graduate student here in California State University Long Beach. She is in the drawing and painting program here in CSULB. Cox’s art works explore the idea of how society is trapped in a carousel. She has this idea that society goes round and round making the same mistakes and going nowhere. Other than being under the stress of all these art pieces, Cox enjoys gardening, reading and doing puzzles. She has recently been addicted to the game “Dots.”

The formal qualities in Cox’s works varies from piece to piece. Most of her works are drawings and paintings, however, she does have a wood carving piece. In Cox’s drawings and paintings of these horses on carousels, there are a lot of colors to them. Some colors are blue, violet, green, brown, yellow, orange and more. Most of these drawings have a very geometric look to them. There are a lot of straight linear lines as well as very structured shapes. There is also a lot of shading in her drawings where she again uses lines and sometimes these curvy-looping lines to them. As for the wooden carving of the half human half horse sculpture, this piece looks very smooth. The saddle has a variety of colors such as green, blue, and red. The details of the horse’s legs and the human’s hair is very realistic because it shows the muscle-like textures on them.

The ideas Cox is trying to explore is that society is stuck. Just like how a carousel goes around in circles, she compares that idea to society. She believes that to live a healthy life, we go in a spiral and each time we spin we go higher and higher; however in her art works, this idea of society going in a circle and not moving up is what she is trying to convey. Technologically, yes society is going up, but emotionally, society is glued in a never ending circle. Cox channels her anxiety, fear, and frustration in through her art works, and that’s why it’s so powerful to her. She chose a horse because most carousels usually have only horses, but she also believes that horses are very powerful and a prominent figure to her work and ideas.

I thoroughly enjoyed Cox’s art pieces because it not only makes me aware of how society is, but by comparing it to a carousel is very intriguing to me. This resonates with me because sometimes I do feel like I’m doing the same thing every day. It feels like I’m going around in circles and nothing is changing. Every couple years, I get a new phone and I can agree with her that technologically, society is changing, but emotionally we are all stuck in the same place. All in all, I really enjoyed Cox’s art works, it was very interesting and I’m glad I got to observe it.


WK 10- Classmate Conversation- Charles Watson

This week I had the chance to meet Charles Watson. This is his first year here in California State University Long Beach. He went to a community college called Orange Coast College for four years prior to attending CSULB. Charles is film major and hopes to be a screen writer or direct movies in the future. In his free time, Charles likes to watch movies, study movies, read and listen to music. He also enjoys buying cd, records, and dvd’s so he can have a collection of those items. His favorite book is called Siddhartha and his favorite movie is no other than 2001 Space Odyssey! It was cool getting to know Charles because we found out that we both enjoy burgers and fries. However, he loves all kinds of foods too such as Japanese, Vietnamese, and Arabic food. Charles also loves to buy clothes. He goes to shopping centers such as South Coast Plaza or The Lab to buy his clothes. By the way, his favorite store is Uniqlo! Lastly, an interesting fact about Charles is that he has done karate since he was 5 years old. He earned his black belt and now teaches younger kids how to do karate. His teaching job also takes him traveling to places such as Sweden, Paris, and Stockholm. It was great getting to chat with Charles, I hope to get to know him better!

me (left), Charles (right)

charles watson

WK 10- Art Experience- Instagram

This week’s art experience was really interesting to say the least. Our task was to take a minimum of four pictures throughout our day and post it on Instagram with the hashtag art110s16. When I first looked at the hashtag pictures, a lot of similar pictures were posted. There were a lot of nature-y pictures, food pictures, selfies, or a picture with friends. I posted four pictures which consisted of what I see through that day. I took a picture of the sky and some trees, a picture of me in the shuttle, the outside portion of The Beach Hut, and lastly a picture in the art gallery. It was great to see how everyone goes through their day so differently than mine. I really enjoyed this experience because it allowed me to get a new perspective on how everyone else live their lives and what they see on the daily. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience, except the fact that I had to make a new email to create a new Instagram account, which I will never use ever again.

I screenshot two of my favorite posts that other people posted and also included two of my posts.

WK 9- Artist Conversation- Sean Joy Cabanig

Artist: Sean Joy Cabanig

Exhibition: All Work All Play

Media: Metals: Silver, Copper

Gallery: CSULB, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: no website

Instagram: no instagram

This week’s artist conversation was with Sean Joy Cabanig. She is currently an undergraduate here at California State University Long Beach. She is working in the bfa metals department here in CSULB. Cabbing is originally from Los Angeles, but is now currently living in Long Beach. Some of her interests are that she loves reading, gaming, and cats. She’s also in the studio a lot where she experiments with different materials. She likes to keep active and just keep her creative juices flowing. The ideas she explores are that her work kind of journals her emotions and daily life. Also they just explore what ever project she is given at that time from the professor. She likes to inject humor and emotion into her pieces as well. Cabanig’s art pieces are inspired by her everyday thoughts, environment, humor and just about anything that pops into her mind.

The formal qualities in Cabanig’s pieces are all made of metal. They all have the same color scheme to them which ranges from a rusty dark brown color to a light silvery color. Some of the pieces she made like the metal necklace with the round sphere shows a sense of a modern, but rustic feel. Most of her work’s texture and qualities just depend on what the piece is. Like the penis piece where it looks realistic because she tries to capture each art work with its real life qualities. And the bowls and plates Cabanig made were very delicate. They looked very smooth and thin. The drawing of the white flowers inside were not as smooth, a bit shaky, but nicely incorporated.

These art pieces are just about anything that deals with Cabanig’s daily life. Nothing specific was on her mind while creating this pieces. However, she does like to incorporate a bit of emotion or humor into her pieces to really show others about who she is as a person. These pieces are inspired by her environment and emotion, as well as random thoughts. Cabanig gathers up her emotions in her daily life which she then creates an art work depending on however she’s feeling or whatever she is inspired by that day.

This week I really enjoyed this artist because most of her works revolve around her inspirations in her daily life. I always thought artists had some kind of special interest which they then channel it and make it into an art work. However, from getting to know Cabanig and what her works explore, it made me realize a lot of things. This resonates within my life because I feel like when I meet someone for the first time, I always thought I had to be polished and not weird. But, Cabanig’s works made me realize to just be myself and be real! Her pieces are real and they are inspired just by daily life emotions and random thoughts.

WK 9- Classmate Conversation- Tiffany Tran

This week for our classmate conversation I had the chance to meet Tiffany Tran. She is currently a first year in California State University Long Beach majoring in in Psychology. She is originally from West Minister where she commutes to school every day. In the future, Tiffany wants to be a teacher. She wishes to teach in either high school or in college. In her free time she likes to hang out with friends and watch movies. By the way, her favorite movie is Perks of Being a Wallflower. Tiffany likes to talk to people. She enjoys meeting new people and just getting to know them and communicate with them. Tiffany also works at a place called Paris Baguette. She worked there for 6 months, but doesn’t like it. She is just working for the money! It was great meeting Tiffany because she seems like a genuinely nice person and I’m glad I got to meet her.

Tiffany (left), me (right)

tiffany tran

CHIP 2000

chip 2000

Hi everyone my name is CHIP 2000. My life here on Moonbase Alpha started a few years back. I was taking my usual morning walk in the woods when I see this clear translucent  looking loop hole behind a tall pine tree. I slipped my hand through the clear tunnel and to my amazement, I ended up here in Moonbase Alpha. I love it here! Almost everything is made of glass and the best part is I can literally do anything I want. I can fly, read minds, have super strength, am incredibly smart, and much more. I can also change my identity any time I want. In Moonbase Alpha, you can be whatever and whoever you want!

Don’t forget to check out these beings below!

This girl lives down the street from me. She may seem super friendly, but watch out she is a thief. After she gets you to trust her, she creeps inside your house and takes things.


EVERYONE BEFRIEND HER !!! She is the smartest being here in Moonbase. However, if you ever invite her over bring a lot of food! She devours everything in my kitchen.


Don’t forget to check out my homie! He is the laziest guy you will ever meet, but the most genuine. Bring breath mints if you go see him because he has the nastiest breath alive!




WK 8- Artist Conversation- Almira M. Nikravesh

Artist: Almira M. Nikravesh

Exhibition: Farsh

Media: Hydrocal, MDF

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-Gallery East

Website: no website

Instagram: almiranikravesh

This week’s artist conversation was with the artist Almira Nikravesh. Nikravesh is currently an undergraduate student majoring in sculpting in California State University Long Beach. She is originally from Iran before she moved here into the United States. She fell in love with sculpting because the sculpting department doesn’t restrict you with which materials you can incorporate in the sculpture. Another interest she has is weight lifting. She enjoys working out in her spare time when she is not sculpting. Nikravesh also loves to make things. She calls herself a maker because she finds a passion in creating objects and different art pieces with different materials. Speaking of art pieces, her work explores situations and instances that applies to her life. The work she creates relates to aspects in her life.

The formal qualities shown in her works are very detailed and real. Her white colored feet molds that were lined against the walls were very intricate in a way where it actually looked very accurate to a human foot. The feet were smooth looking with little wrinkles and bone-like structures around the ankles and toes. The rug in the middle of the room was extremely detailed with its soft-like engravings of the design. It looked as if it was made of sand while she slowly carved out the design pattern in the rug.

Nikravesh’s art works are inspired from her family life and everything that relates to herself as a person. The carpet in the middle of the room was inspired by one of the silk carpets that was in her family for over twenty years. The feet all around the walls were an indication of not only herself, but her family as well because they treasured this carpet so much that they would avoid walking over it to preserve the design. Nikravesh explores this idea of simplicity and the use of space with her works. She uses the relation to her life as a way to create this interaction between the carpet and the feet around the walls.

I thought Nikravesh’s work was very intriguing in a way. I was confused at first on why there were so many pairs of feet and what seemed like a sand box in the middle of the room. After realizing what these works were it made me more open to interpretation. I learned that anything can inspire you to do what you want. In Nikravesh’s works, she uses her life as an inspiration to create a simple yet meaningful piece. As for my life, I can use my inspiration from my life and family to create something great.

WK 8- Classmate Conversation- Aaron Valenzuela

For the classmate conversation this week, I met Aaron Valenzuela. He is currently a first year majoring in film in CSULB. Aaron was born and raised in Downey. He is an only child, but doesn’t mind because he has a lot of friends and his dog to keep him company. He enjoys a lot of activities such as soccer and playing FIFA or Call of Duty with his friends. On his free time, he enjoys playing with his dog, hanging out with friends, and editing videos. I actually met Aaron once before when we were in the same discussion group last Tuesday in our art class. He told me that he started to become interested in film ever since he started watching youtube videos. He thought it was cool how people shot videos in different angles and decided that’s what he wanted to pursue. Aaron is a really cool guy! His favorite food is homemade tacos and his favorite artist is J Cole. When Aaron grows up he wishes to be a film maker or anywhere working in the film industry. Lastly, an interesting fact about Aaron is that he can speak three languages: English, Spanish and French!

Aaron (left), me (right)

aaron valenzuela

WK 8- Art Experience- Automatic Drawing

This week for our art experience we did an automatic drawing. At first I was really confused on what exactly we were supposed to do. I thought it was pretty silly to just let the pencil move itself. My friend Judy helped me with this activity. At first we didn’t close our eyes because we just thought it was weird and a bit awkward. However, as it seemed to not really work with our eyes open, we decided to close our eyes and to our disbelief, the marker started moving! We kept laughing and blaming each other for moving the marker, but it was honestly so cool! It seemed as if I wasn’t moving, but I was? I was confused, but it was a great and fun experience. We chose to use a lot of different colors because I wanted this drawing to be very colorful and fun. You can see the darker sharpie lines were the failed attempts where we kept our eyes open. The lighter colors such as purple, blue, pink, green and yellow were the successful attempts as we closed our eyes. This art experience was super interesting and I’m glad I had to chance to try something so different like this!

WK 7- Artist Conversation- Andrea Lauren Williams

Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams

Exhibition: Sacrifice

Media: Ceramics, Clay, Cement

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: mrswdubbayoo

Instagram: andreawilliammms

This week I interviewed the artist, Andrea Williams. Williams is currently an undergraduate student in the art department focusing on ceramics. She works with mostly ceramics and cement, as well as raw clay. Williams was born and raised in the city of Riverside. She found her passion for art ever since she was a little girl. Art and music had played a big role in her family since the start, which also contributed to her passion for making art. It was not until her 20’s where she actually started using ceramics as the main source of material for her art pieces. Her hobbies are playing with her dog and chickens, and just being a mom. She is also religious and her work portrays a lot of elements to do with Christianity. Williams’s art explores and encompasses a lot of religiosity and sacrifice of not only a particular faith, but also of women and their body.

The formal qualities in Williams’s art pieces are very rough and jagged. Most of her work are not smoothed out and can usually see some of her hand prints or fingers on the art itself. The texture is very rough because she uses her hands to sculpt out the shapes she wants the piece to look like. Also, the pieces have a sort of clump-like texture that is prominent in all of her works. It looks as if cement or raw clay was splattered onto the big platform. Some of the clumps also have a wrinkly look to them, like as if they were starting to drip and slide off the piece, but dried in the process. The clumps on the piece look droopy, rough, and has a lot of jagged lines. Most of the religious drawings are in a brown and white color with lighter pink and orange colors for the shading. Toward the bottom of every piece, she uses clay to form another piece that relates to the drawing. The clay piece on the bottom is a bit smoother in texture; however, there are still indents of lines or bumps on the clay mold which makes it look not as smooth.

Williams’s pieces are mainly about religious aspects such as sacrifices and women’s bodies in particular. Her work is religious, but also has a twist to it. Because Williams is religious, she uses her knowledge of Christianity to create a piece that portrays all the aspects of what she believes is important in Christ. Her work not only explores religiosity, but also women’s bodies and their time, which usually goes unnoticed. So from those reasons, she creates her art works using women’s bodies while adding the religious concepts into them. Because she is also a mother, her ideas of women’s bodies and sacrificing comes into play with her works. She uses the parallels she has with her faith, work, and family to create these art works.

I thought it was very interesting to see these works because these art works aren’t usually seen. Her idea of using her religion as well as her own faith and experience as a mother, resonates with me because it shows that you can create whatever you want with any ideas you perceive. She combines a mix of ideas to create these interesting forms of art works that are very different. Before, I thought that artists only focus on one aspect or situation that happened in their life to create their pieces; but from Williams, I learned that you can use a mix of emotions and aspects in your life to create something out of the ordinary and to also create a statement for all.