Wk11 – Artist Conversation – Kathy Yoon


So Many Me’s, by Kathy Yoon, was on display this week within the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery at Long Beach State University. These cute ceramic little statues are made of porcelain clay, white rose paper clay, underglaze, and some yam. Each individual piece is expressing a different emotion, displayed within their stance and facial expression. 


The purpose behind this exhibit was to capture different feelings the artist, Yoon, has felt. Allowing her experiences of the past year to inspire her, she created in order to find relief by venting through her work. This aided her in the release of her emotions; whether it was angst, anxiety, sorrow, or even happiness and pride. Her main goal was to make herself vulnerable, putting herself out there to the world in attempts to connect with others.


Personally, I love the idea behind this collection. To make yourself vulnerable by displaying your raw emotions is something unfathomably beautiful, especially when the purpose behind it is to relate to others. In my opinion, painting a mental picture portrait is the best way to grow in yourself. It allows you to realize life has a hopeful undertone and helps others to come to the same conclusion.


Kathy Yoon’s instagram: kathy.c.yoon


Wk10 – Classmate Conversation- Luis Rangel


This week I met the chill Luis Rangel. He’s an undeclared freshman looking to change to a business major. I also learned that he likes to hike, watch anime, and owns a tortoise named Jimmy. When I asked him where he’d want to live, if anywhere, he said he’d stay right here in Long Beach since it’s where he feels comfortable.

Wk10 – Activity – Game Design


This week’s activity used the app, Geocaching. The cache I chose to find was 2 miles from my house. After searching for a couple minutes, it turned out to be a little hook hanging on the fence. Unfortunately, there was no log book with it.


I then chose to hide my trinket just off a dead end street in the desert near a lone wooden post. I also included a log book (after I took the photo) so people can sign when they find it.


I actually ended up really enjoying this activity. It was fun and I think I’ll be finding more caches soon.

Wk10 – Artist Conversation – Matthew Dumpit

 This week, Matthew Dumpit had his metal worked pieces displayed within the Marilyn Werby Gallery at California State University, Long Beach. Each piece was finely made from metals and strategically placed with light to cast a shadow. On the walls, were rows of interactive trinkets, allowing the viewer to manipulate the shadows of each object. These were made of 19 gauge steel wire, making them small and lightweight. There was also a chair, made of melded steel wire, with a light at its feet, casting a large shadow behind it.


The idea behind this collection is the perspective of mechanics and emotion. Dumpit is interested in these concepts and how they interact together. Since emotions are able to transform so easily, Dumpit wanted to create something that could also transform I’m a no concrete way. Each constructive motion allows him to capture the feelings he had in the moment of creating the objects. Although the movements created is specific to his own familiarity, he wants his audience to be able to develop their own emotions while interacting with each piece. 


Personally, I love the concept behind this display. Emotions are just like shadows, as in they can appear so much bigger/smaller than reality, or the object. Sometimes we feel things too much, and sometimes too little. However, that’s not something to be ashamed of. It’s a perspective that is so different from reality, that it explains why it can be so difficult for us to understand other people’s feelings at times.

Matthew Dumpit does not have a website nor did he share any social media.

Wk9 – Artist Conversation – Maccabee Shelley


Fragile Future, by Maccabee Shelley, was on display in the Max L. Gatov Gallery West at California State University, Long Beach. This collection consisted of tall sculptures that were fashionably disordered, appearing very odd and spectacular at the same time. Raw materials most would consider trash, such as; glass, styrofoam, plastic, and other miscellaneous trinkets were melted, crushed, or simply rearranged to compose these brilliant pieces.


Shelley strategically styles each sculpture in a way that draws people in. He wants viewers to think while looking at his work by showing them something that doesn’t exist in our world, giving people a different way of looking at things. With a change in perspective, distortion of reality creates and/or expands our view of the world around us. He wanted to cause his audience to question everything, especially reality.


Personally, this display makes me think that life is just as much about the things that we’ve still got as it is about the things we lack.  It reminds me to not be afraid of what my soul is really thinking, since our souls know both sides; good and evil. No one has to hide behind their fears. If we have questions, we shouldn’t be scared to ask them. By just digging a little deeper, reality becomes crystal clear. 


For more information on Maccabee Shelley, visit his website:

Wk9 – Classmate Conversation – Geraldine Meono


 This week I had the pleasure of meeting Geraldine Meono. She’s a junior here at Long Beach State University as a Soviology major. She’s also a member of Sigma Kappa. When I asked her what medium of art is her favorite, she said painting, specifically watercolor paintings, cause they’re colorful yet relaxing.

Wk8 – Activity – Mobile Public Art: Somebody


This week’s activity was to use the app called Somebody & try to connect with as many people as possible.  I actually thought this app was going to be a big fluke (which it kinda was) but to my surprise it somewhat worked.


These were the somebody’s floating near me Thursday afternoon. I delivered the first one to a stranger in my dorm complex & it turned out to be pretty funny.  

I composed as many messages as I could but only had success with this one. I composed this message Thursday morning hoping someone would go up to my friend Perla while at the galleries on campus. No one ended up delivering it, until later that night at the dorms. My friend down our hall, Sabrina, delivered it to Perla in the dinning hall.

Overall, I think this app is pretty stupid. It has no population, and even if it did, it could be dangerous since strangers can connect with you. I don’t think these social media outlets have really anything to do with Art. I rather paint my own canvas or carve a piece of wood into something cool.

Wk8 – Artist Conversation – Terry Liu


The Side Effect of American Imagination, by Terry Liu, was on display this week in the Marilyn Werby Gallery at California State University, Long Beach. This collection was composed of six pieces on the wall, The Strange 6, as well as a large hand craft project display on the floor, The Crazy Ice Cream Man. The Strange 6 are freestyled line worked illustrations made with bright colors, giving a sense of fantasy to each individual piece. The Crazy Ice Cream Man, a hand craft project  displayed on the floor, had layers overlapping eachother, giving the overall work a 3D appearance.


Liu’s main inspiration was the freedom of imagination, which he wasn’t able to experience until he stepped into America at 18 years old. As he learned of this concept, he noticed the side effects of the imagination; strange, free, busy, and fun. He then transferred this idea to his work, The Strange 6.

The concept of imagination was also instilled into the project, The Crazy Ice Cream Man. This hand craft was based on Lui’s experience with American ice cream culture since he never experienced it growing up in China.


Personally, I really admired this display. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but the inspiration behind it makes it so much more interesting. It really reminds me that our thoughts have no boundaries. We can literally create anything in our mind and put it to time & space without being persecuted for it.  


More of Terry Liu’s work can be found at his website:

Wk8 – Classmate Conversation – Sam McFeely


This week, I had the pleasure of meeting Sam McFeely. She’s a junior here at Long Beach State University as a Criminal Justice Major. We explored the galleries together, and she said the display in the Gatov Gallery made her feel nostalgic; reminding her of the times she sculpted things out of mud as a child. I also learned that she’s a dog person and used to be a lifeguard. 

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