Jasmine Figueroa – Art 110

Wk 15- Art Activity- Finger Painting

This week’s art activity was definitely interesting! I didn’t know whether to make a specific design or just go ahead and let my fingers do the thinking. I went ahead and just dipped my fingers into the yellow paint as the base of the painting and then proceeded to add in sections of blue and red either on their own or mixed in with the yellow. I then went on to just make little sections of different combinations of the mixed paint. I had more blue paint than anything else so I started making waves at the bottom of the page and mixed in some yellow to give it some green tones. Then I took some red paint and put it around the top of the work to resemble a fiery sky, but unfortunately my red paint ran out. In the end my piece ended up looking nothing like an ocean setting, but more like a collection of random colors. I very much liked this activity and will most likely repeat it on my own and see what else I make.




Wk 15- Artist Conversation- Amy Duran/ Luis Casas

Artist: Amy Duran and Luis Casas

Gallery: CSULB School of Art,  Gatov East/ Gatov  West

Exhibit: Love Houses

Media: Ceramics

Instagram: @polkadot.pony

Website: N/A

About the Artist:

This week I had the privilege to view some art for sale at the BFA holiday art sale. One such artist duo who had their items for sale were Amy Duran and Luis Casas, who’s collection was entitled “Love Houses.” Amy shared with us that she is a transfer student from Cypress College and that she is currently working toward a BFA in ceramics. Although her love for ceramics is strong, so is her love for stop-motion animation, and she hopes that she can one day even get to work in this field. Among some of her hobbies are watching movies and painting, as well as decorating cakes! These cake-decorating skills are even put to use in some of her art.

Formal Analysis:

When I walked into the exhibit, I noticed that this particular gallery featured ceramic pieces for sale ranging from bowls and vases, to jewelry and pots with plants included. Along one of the walls was “Love Houses,” which features vases of intricate design. The vases are earth toned  and have flowery designs around them. Some of the art was featured on shelves while some were set out on a table.

Content Analysis:

The collection “Love Houses,” takes its name from its creators Amy Duran and Luis Casas. Amy’s first name contributes to the “Love,” portion since she let us know that Amy means love in French, and Luis’s last name Casas contributed to the “Houses,”  portion since casas means houses in Spanish. This title seems fitting considering a lot of their work would be ideal as intricate home décor. Amy also let us know that The flowery designs on the vases where made with cake decorating tools out of clay, taking inspiration from her cake-decorating hobby.

My Experience:

Seeing the art sale was a sort of key thing for me to complete this course since one of the main goals of artists is to get their art out there, and what better way than to literally get it out there into the hands of other students and into homes. This particular collection drew my attention due to its intricate detailing and learning about how it was made with household items such as cake decorating supplies really goes on to show that art can be accessible for anyone who’s passionate and willing to put in the work.



Wk 14- Art Experience- Instagram

During this week’s activity I had the opportunity to share some of my daily activities and sights on my Instagram page @jasminefig_ (pictured above) as well as see what my classmates experienced through the hashtag #art110f16 (pictured below). I posted two pictures that documented the beauty of CSULB, and I found that a handful of my classmates did so as well. I didn’t find this surprising since this is a unifying factor that we all have in common, and it’s pretty hard to resist snapping pics all around campus when many of us spend a significant portion of our day here. Something else that I posted that I found I shared in common with my peer’s posts was food. It was definitely interesting seeing what everyone was eating, and even made me a little hungry looking back on everyone’s posts. One thing that I was surprised more people didn’t post were Snapchat face-swaps. But I’m guessing these are more prevalent on snapchat itself.



Wk 14- Classmate Conversation- Christian Gallo

During this week’s classmate conversation, I had the privilege of getting to know Christian Gallo. Christian is a third year  Mechanical Engineering Major who aside from spending a lot of time studying, enjoys the company of animals. He has one Chihuahua currently since the other one he had passed away recently, which he suspects was a pit-bull mix. We also noticed we both have braces, and although I’ve had mine for about a year longer than he’s had his, we’re both anxious to get them off soon!

As for the question of the week, Christian thinks that the future of schools will be different in the sense that assignments will be more technologically based, as well as the whole teaching process. For example, just as this class involves a portion of online videos and blog-based assignments, Christian thinks there will be a lot more classes centering the learning process around technology. He also thinks that when it comes to this specific campus, there will be new buildings added to the school.

Learn more about Christian by visiting his site at:



Wk 12- Artist Conversation- Sage Garver

Artist: Sage Garver

Exhibition: Bio

Media: sculpture

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

Website: N/A

Instagram: N/A

About the Artist:

Sage is a student currently in the BFA program here at CSULB. A major inspiration for this particular piece are the diseases that have been plaguing her body for a major part of her life, which she says has only served to restrict her freedom. She has been into art since she was a child, and got into sculpture toward the end of her community college experience before she realized that this was her passion. She enjoys swimming, hiking, and traveling, and even lived in the Philippines for a part of er life.

Formal Analysis:

Upon walking into he exhibition, you notice that the plain white walls that enclose the space aren’t so plain after all. They are filled with slightly raised shapes that appear to be part of the wall, and are found all throughout. They differ in shape and size, and each seems to be unique and different from it’s neighboring shapes. In the center of the room, you can see a sort of large glass stone hanging from the ceiling by gold chains which drape across the room.

Content Analysis

The different raised surfaces along the walls are mean to be a representation of Sage’s diseases, while the exhibition room itself is meant to be a representation of herself. Sage let us know that the reason why the raised surfaces appeared to be coming out of the wall is because she wanted it to be a representation of how the diseases are a part of her and are port of her body’s identity, not a separate entity. The glass and chain chandelier is meant to represent a nucleus, and it’s purpose is to essentially give the exhibition room a unifying sense.

My Experience

When I first walked into the exhibition, I wasn’t quite sure what to think, but once i read the artist statement i felt a lot more connected with her artwork. I personally don’t suffer from any type of major disease or illness, but as a society, we are constantly being brought awareness on illnesses that are affecting others and what we can do to help. By being able to experience her artwork, it gave me more of an inside scope into what it’s like for people who live a constant battle within their own bodies.

Wk 11- Artist Conversation- Various Artists

Artist: BFA Sculpture Group Show (Multiple Artists)
Media: Mixed Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art Gatov West/ Gatov East
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist
This exhibition featured various artists from the Sculpture BFA program here at CSULB and is meant to be a sort of “punch” which consists of various ingredients, in this case, each student’s art. The students showcasing all have an indigenous background, be it from the Americas or all the way across the globe from Asia, and as a result, what we have here is not only a punch of different artistic styles, but of cultural influences as well. I was able to speak with one of the artists present, Lia Gogue, who told us about how her Guamanian background has heavily influenced her art, and how her piece “Going Away Present,” has to do with feeling as though she has a little piece of her from her homeland with her.

Formal Analysis
When you first walk into the gallery, you get a distinct feeling on how different and contrasting each piece’s theme appears. Although upon first walking in I didn’t know the pieces were made by a different artists, one can really appreciate the different pieces contributed into this exhibition. One of the first pieces that caught my attention was a video by Cortnee Brush of a woman who’s shredding away a carrot, which she’s holding near her pubic area. Other pieces included a performance art piece by Alvaro Alvarez in which he physically moved to the music playing. A piece by Dulce Soledad Ibarra, an artist I have previously written about, was also there, which featured part of a lawn mower and grass blades.

Content Analysis
Cortnee Brush’s “Vitmain K,” video installment is meant to represent the “shaving away,” of a man’s masculinity, and just how fragile something men often center their existence around can be. Another piece I got to learn about was Tristan Esmino’s “If that’s a fountain, this is a fucking fountain,” and how it plays homage to Marcel Duchamp’s ready-made urinal fountain. Lia Gogue’s “Going Away Present,” serves as a way to connect to her roots, and have a piece of Guam with her here in the U.S.

My Experience
With this exhibition, I was able to explore different artists and their backgrounds. This was truly a “punch” of different ideas that allowed me to view topics of what is morally correct, sexuality, and cultural aspects. Being able to see these pieces side by side allowed me to have an interesting experience in seeing how these pieces functioned and complimented each other within a single setting.


Wk 11- Classmate Conversation- Roxanna Chavez

During this week’s classmate conversation I had the honor of meeting Roxanna Chavez. She is currently a second year Health Care Administration major and hopes to eventually either work in a hospital setting, or as an academic advisor at a college or university. She is from Carson and went to Dominguez Preparatory High School, which is interesting because our high schools have very similar names since I went to Dominguez High School. For now though, she works at the fiscal office here on campus. She is the first in her family to go to college, and hopes to set an example for her two younger brothers.

As for the question of the week, Roxanna believes that Demi Lovato’s reaction to the fan art of her as a mermaid was perhaps over the top. At the end of the day, this was only an artistic representation of her, and if she doesn’t appreciate the artistic efforts done by this fan, someone else will regardless of whether she is pleased with the results. After all, he isn’t a realistic artist, so her reaction to an interpretative piece was over the top.

Learn more about Roxanna on:


Wk 10- Art Experience-Fiber Art Social Network

I chose to do my social network activity on my family, since this isn’t a group I typically think about when I think about a social group, yet this is probably the strongest connection I’ll have. I of course included my immediate family, as well as some distant family that I consider myself a bit closer to, seeing as my family is rather large and I don’t know everyone (my dad has 10 siblings!) Within the class activity, I found it interesting how many people I was able to form connections with, and how you can learn so much about the people surrounding you within a certain environment.


I feel that the term “social network,” does apply to every day life to some extent. The people that you talk to on a regular basis, be it close friends, family, or casual acquaintances are part of your network of people that you socialize with, although these aren’t necessarily the only people that you come in contact with. I agree with Dunbar’s Number because although we might be somewhat close to a number of people, many of these friendships are not long lasting, and only a handful of people at a time can truly form a connection that will last more than just a few months. I find it difficult for anyone to truly have 150 close friends, seeing as it may be difficult to devote time to so many close knit friendships. Having thousands of Facebook friends doesn’t necessarily mean that they are close to you or actually your friends, usually it’s just people you happen to somewhat know, sometimes even strangers. Facebook is mostly a way to stay connected with people, not necessarily to form very strong bonds over, although I suppose Facebook may help. When doing the fiber art activity, I was surprised at how many people you have a connection with that you may have forgotten about, or may not have thought too much into. I feel that close relationships are difficult to maintain, and so i feel that it would be hard to have more than 10, because any more than that and it would be much easier for people to start drifting away and not have that strong of a bond with anymore. I definitely have more Facebook friends than I have real friends, and mostly these people on social networks share ideas, videos, or sometimes even events that i didn’t know about. You definitely get to learn different things from people that you may not even be that close to.

Wk 10- Artist Conversation- Tony Nguyen

Artist: Tony Nguyen

Exhibition: Neoteny

Media: Mixed Media

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery


Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Tony Nguyen is currently a CSULB student in the undergraduate metal-smith program. He hopes that this will lead to a career in prop making, and although he considers himself the black sheep of the family for choosing to major in art, he admits that his mother cried upon seeing his exhibition, and that it was a very emotional and proud moment for them. Tony is Vietnamese, and one of his featured artworks pays homage to the struggles of coming to America. A lot of his art is centered around his family, and the importance of their role in his life.

Formal Analysis

Upon walking into the gallery, you notice a lot of different pieces on top of pedestals in the middle of the room. Some of the pieces, such as a gumboil machine, feature copper plating and metal that is designed to give off the appearance of wood. Another piece features a female mannequin chest with a metal necklace wrapped around her neck, which features five bridges, which Tony told us  had the names of his brothers engraved in the back of each of them. Other pieces include a sort of hand armor, as well as rings and necklaces throughout the exhibit, all of which are made of metals.


Content Analysis

One of the most interesting pieces was the bridge necklace with Tony’s brother’s names on the back of them. Although most people viewing this pieces wouldn’t be able to know about the engravings unless they went ahead and flipped the small bridges around, we were informed about the secret carvings. The bridges serve as a representation of the “crossing,” into American way of life, and each bridge represents each brother’s personal struggle upon coming to this country, be it the language barrier, or choosing to be an art major, which isn’t seen as something common among vietnamese families.

My Experience

I found Tony’s art work to be very interesting in the sense that it connected with his personal life story. As he said “art is more powerful when it gets more personal and connects with a story,” and not only does this connect solely to him, but it can serve as a relatable theme for anyone who has ever gel as though they too were a “black sheep,” or have ever struggled with finding themselves in a new environment, be it an entirely new country, or even a new school environment which we all experienced at some point.


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