Wk7 – Artist Conversation – Nora Ayala

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The artist that I had wanted to learn more about this week was Nora Ayala. She is currently in the masters program here at CSULB for printmaking. She comes from Mexican parents and she currently resides in Anaheim very close to Disneyland. She lived in the Inland Empire her whole life and also lived in Long Beach for two years. The most important thing in her life and what most inspires her the most is her partner. Her favorite two artists are Francisco De Goya and Andy Warhol.

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The materials she used for her show were paper, ink, and lipstick. One thing I learned was that screen printing dries very quickly so it wasn’t much time wasted. Her art was all about repetition and about 2 things becoming one. One thing I noticed was that a lot of it was mostly pink and also very soft colors nothing bright or something that stands out. They were all very similar but somehow very different as well.

Nora’s partner is very important to her. Her partner also helped her create these art pieces. She is a feminist and advocates for the LGBT community, her work is very personal as well. It took her about two weeks to finish it but she mentioned that they were 18 hours of work per day. The way she made these art pieces is by putting lipstick on a body part and then rubbing it, she also mentioned that the motion of the rubbing was important. When I asked her why she used lipstick she said, because it is nontoxic and because lipstick goes on lips and lips go on other body parts.

I can relate to Nora with her art by the work ethic she has. She talked about working for 18 hours of the day, I also work hard at soccer although, not to that extent. I dedicate to soccer a few hours of my day, everyday. She also mentioned that her mom is very important to her and I agree. My mom is very important to me and she’s what makes me strive to become not only successful but a better person as well.

If you wish to check out more of Nora’s artwork you can find her at her Instagram page https://instagram.com/norax_darko/


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