Wk 15- Artist Conversation- Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young

Exhibition: As the Crow Flies

Media: paper, ink, transparencies, litho stone

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: none

Instagram: none


Nancy Young is graduating from CSULB at the end of the semester and is in the BFA Printmaking Program. Besides art, some of her interests include listening to music and taking care of dogs. Nancy also works as a programmer for the City of Orange in addition to attending school. She was brave enough to open up about her past substance abuse and bipolar disorder and the impact it had on her life. Nancy discussed that it had held her back from fully committing to school which is why it has taken her a while to complete her degree.

Nancy’s art work consists of a variety of prints using different techniques such as lithography and a photopolymer plate. In some of her pieces, she etched her designs and then wiped ink over it to make the details come to life. The lines of her art work are both smooth and sharp like in the photos of the crows. The media she utilized includes paper, ink, transparencies, and litho stone. Nancy’s small scaled and rough textured metal art plates were able to bookmark parts of her life.

Young’s pieces of art were inspired by the personal issues that she has had to overcome. This grief and loss includes the death of her husband about 9 years ago, and her companionship with her dogs. Nancy also stated that she does not look to the internet for inspiration because she wants to be unique with her art. Another source of inspiration were the places in which Young completed some of her art work, which included a workshop in Santa Ana, Irvine, and other beautiful places. She wanted to create her pieces in order of the locations she traveled to which is why the art work is displayed in a special order.

Overall, I found Nancy to be an an excellent artist and an inspiring person in general. She overcame many obstacles and still has managed to complete her education while maintaining her outside work life. The repeated use of crows in her art work also resonated with me because I too have a strange fascination with them. They fly from place to place and continue their journey to a different location which what we all must do in life eventually. I’m glad I had the opportunity to see Nancy Young’s amazing art work!


Wk 15- Classmate Conversation- Ramtin Yousefi

IMG_1750This week I met Ramtin Yousefi. It’s his last semester here at CSULB  and he’s majoring in Civl Engineering. Ramtin is originally from Iran but he moved to the United States about 5 years ago. He’s an outgoing person who loves to go out and have fun with his friends. Some of his hobbies include playing soccer and watching Netflix. We also talked about how we both love to visit new places and hope to travel more in the future. Ramtin also enjoys meeting new people making new friends pretty much everywhere he goes. A random fact about him is that he is twenty-seven years old. I’m glad I had the chance to meet Ramtin this week. Check out his blog!


Wk 14-Art Experience-Sketching in the Garden

Abstract Photos

Representational Photos

Abstract Drawings

Representational Drawings

I found this week’s art experience to be both relaxing yet stressful. I was in a relaxing environment at the CSULB Japanese Garden but I still felt stressed about the actual drawings I had to sketch because I don’t think I’m an “artist.” I also found it a bit challenging to think abstract when taking photos and drawing the sketches. My favorite abstract photo was the first photo of the duck flapping around in the water and crashing into the coy fish because I thought it looked amusing. For the sketches, I think the detailed coy fish was my favorite and also the hardest for me to draw. Overall, I enjoyed this experience because it challenged me by having to explore out of my comfort zone and draw.

Wk 13- Art Experience- Art Care Package


For this weeks art experience, we had to draw a random piece of paper from a hat with an address on it so we could send a care package to someone in our class. At first, I was a little surprised that we would have to write our address down and give it to a random person when it’s something so personal. But the overall meaning of this experience eased my worries. In my care package I included a concert ticket from a show that I attended last semester at CSULB, a band-aid because you never know when you will need one, a penguin because who doesn’t like cute penguins, and a funny Donald Duck pin that I found floating around in my desk drawer. Also, I included a card with my initial on it because I love the intricate detail on the front. Lastly, I included a rewards card to frostbites with one purchase left to get $2 off the next purchase. I found making this care package fun even though I don’t know who is going to receive it.

Sending someone an ACP is both similar and different to sending a snapchat. It is similar in the way that you get to choose what you send, where to send it, and who to send it to. But the two differ in the way that a snapchat sends instantly and you get an instant reply. With a mail, it may took up to a couple of days to send out and even longer to receive a response. Therefore, sending a letter takes more effort and could contain more love and meaning than sending a simple snap.

I think ephemera is an interesting topic because everyone finds different meanings in different things. A random movie ticket could mean nothing to one person and to another person it could be a ticket to their favorite movie or even a first date with someone special. So, I believe there are meanings in everything but it might not be the same from one person to the next.

In my opinion, art seen by more people has a greater effect than art seen by one person. I see it as when people come together, they are stronger than if one person were to stand alone. That being said, art doesn’t have to be seen by many people because it might be something that only you see as special and find meaning in, similar to ephemera.

WK 13- Classmate Conversation-Leslie Echiveste

IMG_1647This week I met Leslie Echiveste. She is a second year at CSULB and a criminal justice major. Leslie is from Long beach and went to Wilson High School. At the moment, she isn’t quite sure of what career she will end up in but she knows that she will be successful in whatever she choses. Although Leslie took this course for GE credit, she loves the activities each week and really enjoys art! Some of her hobbies include going to the beach, cooking, and hanging out with her friends. Her favorite color is red and she loves to listen to almost every genre of music. Leslie is a super nice person to talk to and I’m glad I met her!



Wk 13- Artist Conversation-Nick Bamford

Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition: No name

Media: found objects, plaster, clay, wood

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Website: none

Instagram: @nickbamf4d


Nick Bamford is an undergrad student in his last year in the BFA ceramics art program. He is from Huntington Beach and fell into his love for art in high school. Nick always enjoyed art as a kid but taking a ceramics class in high school greatly deepened his passion for art. His interests of building things and experimenting with objects stems from his love for art. Nick especially enjoys sculpting and finds joy in creating new things from a simple block of clay.

Nick’s largely scaled art work is a combination of various found objects, plaster, clay and wood. Each of the pieces include sharp, and jagged edges as the different objects come together. Nick’s use of vibrant colors such as lime green, neon orange, magenta and electric blue really captures the audience’s attention. He chose to utilize neon lights because he has always liked black lights and finds that it brings a more artistic meaning.

His art work isn’t inspired by anything in particular but instead, each of the objects used in his sculptures are from his own life whether it be random or not. Therefore, the art pieces Nick creates are somewhat personal to him. Although there is no definite meaning, Nick encourages onlookers to take in each sculpture and interpret their own meaning and relate it back to his or her life. Nick also describes the objects in the art work as exploring different concepts of use and putting things to use for a different purpose.

Overall, I found Nick’s sculptures to be extremely captivating with his unique use of bright colors and random objects. I also found that placing the self-lit sculptures in a dark gallery greatly increased its appeal. In my opinion, I see the dark gallery as the world we live in and the brightly lit sculptures as treasures or joy’s each person can find in life if they just look. I loved Nick Bamford’s exhibit and I look forward to seeing more art from him!



Wk 12- Classmate Conversation- Symone Pallett

IMG_1598This week I met Symone Pallett! She is a first year at CSULB and is majoring in Speech and Language Pathology. She chose this major because her mom is a Speech and Language pathologist assistant and she often saw what she does and fell in love with it. Symone enjoys this field because gets to help others communicate. She also is currently working as a receptionist in a mental health clinic, where she meets all kinds of different people. She loves to travel and hopes to go to Europe in the future to visit Paris. Symone has a younger sister who is a junior in high school. Also, she has two dogs, like myself, named Buddy and Jessie and a cat named chewbacca. On her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, going kayaking, hiking, sleeping, and reading. Symone is a super friendly person and I’m glad I met her!