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October 2015

Week 9-Artist Conversation-Maccabee Shelley


The artist that I chose this week was Maccabee Shelley because his art work was just amazing. He grew up in LA and then he moved to San Francisco because he hated traffic and the hot weather, but he moved back this time to Long Beach because he wanted to aspire art. He is on his fourth semester here and in order to get his art in the galleries he had to apply for it. This was his third gallery show here at Cal State Long Beach.

Since he was a kid he was always interested in science and he enjoyed taking things apart and rebuilding it in his own way. He never thought he would major in art until he realized once he was studying at Humboldt University that each year he was taking an art class and receiving an A. That is when he discovered that art was something he was interested in and wanted to study for it. He looks at art like a map and just arranges things and uses a lot of scientific use and plays with it. It  He has worked with ceramics for about 8 to 9 years because it is his favorite tool of making art.


His art work in the gallery was made of glass, plaster, ceramics, and objects he found that went along with his work. He compared his work to an ongoing cycle because as he finds new objects along the way he creates art out of it. He works with about anything and just mixes and matches. To find his objects he sometimes looks for them in the dumpsters or recycling bins. He states that all of them were his favorite piece, but if he had to chose it would a hanging mirror with little objects on it. He liked that one because he wanted to show off not only the big objects he found, but also the small ones.


His inspiration is to create something new which makes him excited  which motivates him to add more things to it. Maccabee does not have an ultimate goal, instead he believes that he should set his goal and go forward and finish it. His art gallery was amazing and interesting to observe. Most of the work presented seemed fragile as if you would touch it and it would just fall.

His website is:


Week 9-Classmate Conversation-Diana Solis

This week I met Diana Solis who is finishing up her last semester with a major in sociology. Her plan after graduation is to find a job as a social worker or a counselor for children, but she is still not quite sure. Her hobbies are to focus in school, spend time with her family and friends, go to the bars, go hiking, and during the summer go to the beach almost everyday. Her favorite colors are pink and purple. Her favorite type of food are pizza, enchiladas, tacos, and fettuccine alfredo. Her favorite dessert is ice cream and her favorite type of ice cream is rocky road. She mentioned that she use to work at Cold Stone and she enjoyed the fact that they would get free ice cream. She has lived in Long Beach all her life.


The question of the week was “after visiting many galleries and seeing the artists different art,pieces, what is your favorite type (paintings, sculptures, installations, etc.) and why?” Her response to this question was that she prefers the paintings of the art galleries. She came down to the conclusion that she liked it more because her favorite artist is a painter. The name of the artist is Sand One she lives in LA and she draws dolls. She recommends people to take a look at her art.

Week 8- Activity- Mobile Public Art

The activity of the week was to download the Somebody app and have someone deliver your message to a friend of yours. This app is basically sending and delivering messages to others. At first this app was a bit confusing but as I started looking through the app I found how to work it. I left a floater to see if anyone would deliver my message, and a few people did get it and wanted to deliver it but after a few minutes the delivery failed. I feel that it was hard for people to locate the person they were trying to deliver the message to.


My friend Aida did send me a message and someone did manage to find me and deliver me her message. This was the only interaction that I had throughout that moment, but because it was difficult to find the people due to the amount of people.


My overall experience with this app was okay, I could say that I did not really like it because it was complicated working with it and finding people based on one picture. This app would be better if it had somewhere you can actually chat with the person you are trying to find because like that it will be easier to contact that person. It would also be better if more pictures were able to be posted because like that you can recognize the person better.

I prefer using snap chat, Instagram, and even periscope because with them you can actually have a conversation with other people. On two of those other apps you are able to take pictures have friends that view them and comment on them and on the other one you are live streaming in front of people all over the world. I feel that the Somebody app needs a lot of more into so that it becomes more interesting and like that it will be well known.

Week 8- Artist Conversation- Shannon Leith

The art gallery I went to this week was “Goodbye Gluten” by Shannon Leith. She was born in Canada but at age 13 moved to Long Beach because her dad had a job opportunity over here. She said she prefers Long Beach in the sense that she loves the climate and the beach, but she is proud of where she is from. She became interested in art when she was a senior in high school, but once she took a trip to Africa she discovered the world through photography. Her inspiration for her art work was a study of what we can and cannot eat and how it feels going through grieving because a lost of a certain type of food and then the healing process. It is a big loss but her art work shows that the loss of this food is serious but she describes it with humor as well.

wpid-img_0564.jpg  (Me)   wpid-img_1782.jpg(The artist and my friend)

The material she used for her art show was gluten free photography, gluten free slideshow, gluten free blanket, and gluten free sounds. I found the way she called her materials gluten free cute and a bit funny. She mentioned that the first day of her gallery was Sunday night where she gave gluten free cakes to the people. The chair had a projection sound right on top of it and as soon as someone sat on the chair you were able to hear sounds. The room was made to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

She wanted her audience to feel comfortable and cover yourself with the blanket provided there and to sit on the chair and hear the sounds. Everything she had in the room was food that she was allergic to such as bread, pretzels, cookies, and other things with gluten. She wanted the audience to think about the good times of things you have lost in life. She compared this to a breakup where you still have memories and things that remind you of that person. It is a way to show you of a loss but it will always be remembered.

I enjoyed her gallery because she is right in the fact that you lose something but you still remember it. Her show made me feel blessed because I am able to eat whatever I want without having to worry if I can’t eat it. It must be hard to be allergic to gluten especially because our world is surrounded with so much things that have gluten. I think she is strong for making this serious but in a way humorous. I really liked her gallery and the meaning it had behind it.

You can find her :


Week 8- Classmate Conversation- Natalie Marquez

This week I met Natalie Marquez who is a 3rd year student at CSULB with a Child Development Major. Her plan after she graduates is to work as a Child Life Specialists at a hospital. She commutes to school form Huntington Beach which only takes her about 20 minutes to get here. wpid-20151015_111131.jpg

She enjoys hanging out with her friends, family, and boyfriend. Her hobby is go go hiking and finding a new adventure. She hiked and camped at Yosemite which she says it was scary because there was only four of them who had gone to camp there. She enjoys listening to any type of music such as alternative and EDM, but the only kind she does not listen to is country. Her favorite color is green. Her favorite kind of food is posole, enchiladas, picadillo, and her favorite pasta is spaghetti. We both had in common the fact that we love Disneyland! Her favorite character is Squirt from Finding Nemo. Also her favorite ride at Disneyland is Pirates of the Carribean.

The question of the week was long, but it basically asked “how does anything you see in the work of art remind you of something else you have seen or experienced?” Her response was that the art show “The Extraordinarily Difficult and Impossible Tasks of: Recounting Fading and Altered Memories and Stabilizing Shifting Time” created by Jane Weibel she saw last week brought her back so many memories. Just walking inside made her feel like if she was back to her childhood. As she saw the swings, the hangers with toddler clothing, and the ladders it just reminded her of the days that you did not have to worry about anything and just to have fun and play.

Week 7- Activity- Ephemeral Art

The assignment for this week was to use snap chat and draw pictures on it and send it to a fellow classmate. The pictures I drew was one after my soccer game and another one was of my stuffed animal puppy with a girl next to it. The first one I just wanted to show how much I love the color pink and it just describes my personality. The crown was just an extra touch because I always imagine what it would be like to be a queen. The second drawing was was my stuffed animal which is a puppy with a girl next to it; that girl would represent me because I have always wanted a pet dog. This picture also reminds me of my past because the way I drew my person was just about the same way I would draw my people back in elementary school.


On the other hand my friend Aida she is an artist; she definitely has talent. She drew a picture of Mickey Mouse from scratch and I know it is really hard to draw on snap chat. she put a lot of time and effort in drawing this piece of art. I was astonished by her drawing, but even more amazed when I saw this next picture. My favorite character is Tigger from Winnie the Pooh and this is the amazing drawing I find once I open up my snap chat.


I really enjoyed doing this activity because I was able to see how many amazing artists there are in my class but also noticed that a lot of us have a lot in common. I will definitely keep on drawing fun and random pieces on my snap chat for my friends to see. I can not wait for next weeks activity!

Week 7- Artist Conversation- Jane Weibel

The art show I decided to go to this week was “The Extraordinarily Difficult and Impossible Tasks of: Recounting Fading and Altered Memories and Stabilizing Shifting Time” created by Jane Weibel. Her entire art work took me back to my own childhood memories because of all the art inside such as swings, toddler clothes hung from a string, ladders, and many other things.Walking inside felt as if I was walking into a playground with so many colors. She was always interested in art work, but did stop around her 20’s; eventually she decided that art was for her and she just went for it. She was inspired to these types of art work because it reminded her of her childhood and the memories behind it. Also, she researched that our brains rewrite our memories every time we think about them. That is something that gave her anxiety and devastated her.


The tools she used were ceramics and she used different fiber ropes and other things to make her art work happen. Her whole are is about memories and going back to our childhood. She began doing this type of art when she found some old pictures of her childhood and realized that every time she thought of those moments they were changing as she rethought them. It also gave her anxiety because her aunt passed away from Alzheimer’s disease which was sad because she forgot all memories. To Wiebel memories are very fragile and should be remembered as they were not shifting or changing them as we remember the memories.


Weibel lives in downtown Long Beach and goes to CSULB. Before she went to CSULB she was at a community college near San Diego for two years and was going to get a major in graphic design. She then transferred to CSULB and needs one more year to graduate and is getting a major in Ceramics. She decided to pick ceramics because she can manipulate and shape the artwork the way she would want. It took her about two months to do all the art in the gallery and about 36 hours to install all her work in the gallery.

I really enjoyed walking around in her gallery and remembering my own memories. I also found it devastating that every time we remember our memories they are changing the way things actually happened. I loved the hanging swing and the toddler clothing hanging because it was like a playground or like a child’s home.


You can find her on Instagram: janemargarette

Week 7- Classmate Conversation- Gillian English

This week I met Gillian English a second year student at CSULB with a major in Business and a minor in Fashion Design. After she graduates she wants to own her own business designing socks. She was a company where she can put designs on them such as flamingos, pancakes, and many other creative ideas she had. She decided to major in business because she feels you can go anywhere with a business major. She use to play soccer for Marina High School and an AYSO team. It was interesting because her high school played most of the Long Beach high schools except for mine Millikan High School. She enjoys watching TV and movies such as Super Natural, Criminal Minds, and Bobs Burger. Since it is October and Halloween is coming up she did tell me what she will be for Halloween; it would Tina from the movie “Bob’s Burger” so she is looking forward for her act that night. She likes eating pasta, cheeseburgers, and of course sweets like chocolate. She likes going to the beach and hanging out with friends. Gillian is also in a volunteer program called PETRA  here at CSULB, where they help in church, feed the homeless, and many other events. Her favorite colors are light blue and light purple, she is more into lighter and softer colors.

The question of the week was “if you could dye your hair a certain crazy color, which color would it be and why?” which quite an interesting and fun question. Gillian said if she would dye her hair it would be a light with dark purple because it is a way to just feel free and to be spontaneous. She feels that it would be better to do such things before you go to college or get a serious job.

It was a pleasure meeting Gillian this week and looking forward for next weeks classmate conversation.



snapchat: @englishgillian1

Week 6 -Activity- Identity Art(Periscope)

The activity for this week was to find identity by using Periscope. Periscope is used to blog what an individual is doing live all over the world. While people are live streaming, others are watching, commenting, and tapping the screen to send hearts. This activity was for us students to either act like someone you are not or to actually be yourself in front of the camera.

I chose to act like myself and show what I do as a daily routine. Honestly I did not want to do the assignment because I did not want other people to see me because I do not know them. I started off by doing private streams with a close friend and my boyfriend;it was actually pretty fun. Once it came to streaming live I was shy, but then I went on live with the company of my friend and we just were acting like ourselves as if no one was watching. As we kept on talking we noticed that people were actually watching but most of them were shy to talk but it was fun.


Once I was done blogging and having a little too much fun; I decided to scope on other people’s blogs. I noticed that a lot of people all over the world have so much in common with me. I really enjoyed watching scopes from France because I love hearing and understanding their language. I noticed that a lot of people that scope just want to talk to other people for distraction or entertainment.

Overall I really enjoyed doing this activity and seeing that it really is not easy being in front of the camera, at least for me. I will most likely use it once in a while if I am going to do something interesting.This was a great activity and I am looking forward for the following activities.

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