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 12- Artist Conversation- Tiffany Le


Artist: Tiffany Le

Exhibition: TÁU

Media: canvas, water colors, acrylic, charcoal

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: http://letealeaf.prosite.com

Instagram: @letealeaf


Tiffany Le is a graduate student in her last semester at CSULB and an illustration major in the MFA program. After she graduates in May, Tiffany plans on doing some freelancing and taking time to work on her personal projects. She was born in the United States unlike her parents who had a tough past in Vietnam and fled as refugees. Some of Tiffany’s interests include Japanese fencing, hiking, and going to different art galleries. She also has two bunnies that she loves to dress up and play with.

Tiffany’s work consists of canvas, prints, water color pencils, acrylic and charcoal. Each of her drawings include smooth, fluid lines that represent the dark water and bright fire in the pictures. In contrast of the soft lines used in her drawings, the sail boats in her art piece are folded sharply with pointed and structured edges. The use of canvas and paper in the art work creates an almost light and airy feel which greatly differs from the deep meaning behind the pieces.

Her art work is inspired by the story of her family fleeing Vietnam as refugees. Tiffany talked about how the trauma in the Vietnam War is not really taught in schools so she didn’t know much about the past of her family. Once informed by her parents of their tremendous struggle, Tiffany decided to incorporate their story and the stories of others into her art work. Many people attempted to leave Vietnam by boats although most would push people back with oars to avoid being drowned by the countless others trying to climb aboard. The boats in her art pieces represent a means of escape but also the great change that came into her family’s life after their tough journey.

Overall, I found Tiffany’s work to be appealing in both appearance and meaning. As she told the inspiring story of her family, I couldn’t help but be amazed at their hard work for a better life. This resonates with me in the way that my family also had to fight for hope of a better future when they left Mexico. Although both stories and journies are different, the end goal of searching for a better life with opportunities are the same. I found Tiffany Le’s art work to be a beautiful reflection of her family that people can both enjoy and relate to with their own struggles, whatever they may be.



Wk 3- Artist Conversation-Heather Jarrard



Artist: Heather Jarrard

Exhibition: Untitled #12

Media: Beans, Macaroni, Hot glue

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery

Website or Instagram: none


Heather Jarrard is an art education major who loves hiking and art. She has been in school for seven years and hopes to be an art teacher after college. Her work explores the ideas of important social issues such as the budget crisis in schools and how little money is spent on education.

The art pieces are made of beans and macaroni put together with hot glue. The lines of the small sculptures have a smooth texture because of the way Heather assembled the beans and macaroni. The different colored beans and macaroni put together creates a slight rainbow effect that is pleasing to the eye. Her art pieces are mostly in a small scale but some of the pieces are bigger and utilize more beans and macaroni.

The macaroni and bean sculptures represent the budget crisis in schools. Heathers work includes small captions under her sculptures that discuss the average state budget for art supplies in the classroom which is $1.09 per student. Her goal in creating these small works of art is to bring awareness to the major social issue.

In my opinion, I feel that the meaning behind her sculptures are incredible. Simply by constructing figures of macaroni and beans and showing them in an art gallery for different students to see is a small yet essential step to fixing the overall issue of money in schools. I can connect with the artists ideas of money issues at school because I experienced it first hand in high school.  I took an art class where, due to the lack of an art budget, the students had to pay a fee in advance in order to complete the projects in the class. At a first glance, the interesting use of materials captures the students attention but the meaning behind it is what makes the art pieces so memorable.