WK11 – ARTIST CONVERSATION – Kathy YOON

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For this week’s artist conversation I got to learn more about Kathy Yoon. She is 27 years old and she’s a 3rd year ceramics major here at Long Beach State. Prior to being a ceramics major she was going to major in math, but one day she decided that she didn’t want to do that for the rest of her life. She wanted to do something that has always interested her. Ever since she was a little girl she loved drawing and used to make little figures made of play-doh. After taking a ceramics class in college she knew that that’s what she wanted to study for.

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All of the pieces in her show were made mostly of clay and one piece used red tissue paper. What she made were characters portraying feelings that she has felt first hand in her life. She only used the colors black, white, and red so her audience can really focus on the pieces and not what bright colors she used. She also works with animal forms and realism. Her goal is to convey her personality through them and if someone can relate to it she will consider that an accomplishment.

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This image above was her favorite from all of her other pieces. She takes anywhere from 2-3 weeks to finish one piece, I counted a few more than 10 pieces in her show. This means that she has put many hours into this show and you can really tell with her attention to detail. Most of these characters are based on her feelings but some portray the feelings of the people around her. Her favorite artist is Tim Burton, because she’s always been interested in animation and illustration.

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The pieces in this show were very unique and also very detailed. They reminded me of like the emojis that we use on our cellphones to show how we are feeling. I felt that this show was like an emoji coming to life. We all know that everyone goes through hard times and I liked how instead of them bringing her down she has done something positive with them an that is her art. If you want to check out more of Yoon’s art you can go to her instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/kathy.c.yoon/

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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/