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Wk 12- Artist Interview- Piet Eppinga

Piet Eppinga was a very charismatic artist who loved engaging with us students at his exhibit in the Merlino Gallery this past Thursday. I was drawn to his ceramic sculptures just by his fascination with them. The sculptures were very large and intricately constructed both physically and mentally. Eppinga explained each art piece’s deeper meaning and even gave us the opinions that he’s heard from others about his art.

Many of his sculptures were family-based like the fertility statue of a woman he made, the father and son connecting statues, and the man, woman, and child sculpture. He explained that he is influenced by his family experiences with some of his art, not all. Some of his other art was influenced by religion, and his spirituality. One was influenced by a powerful queen, another of an exhausted mother carrying a burden on her back. Even a fermenting pot influenced by Asian culture.

Piet is a graduate student who is receiving his BFA in ceramics on May 21st, and his birthday is on the 20th. After his receives his BFA, he plans to receive his teaching credentials for grades K-12 so he can teach a single-art subject.

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Wk11- Artist Interview – Patricia Rangel

Patricia is Majoring in Fine Arts in the metals department. She is from the city of Dinuba which is in California’s central valley. Patricia was always outdoors as a child, she didn’t like the indoors. Patricia’s work consists of dirt, water, metal and wood. The title of her show this week is “Rebuilding”. Her show features several structures made from a mixture of dirt and water. She states that she is “curious about how [the processes of agricultural practices] relate to growth through means of land use, labor and loss.

Patricia compacts dirt that she collects from the central valley and structures them into shapes. The shapes look unstable, but are actually quite stable. She has been doing these structures for about a year now. She gets help from her mom, dad and friends to collect the dirt. Her favorite part about her show is breaking her art with a sledgehammer and re-packing the dirt into bags for re-use. She sifts her collected dirt several times in order to get very finely grained dirt.

One of her favorite pieces is a little brick of compacted dirt that she collected from the grave of a person she knew. After schooling, Patricia’s priority is to get an art studio and maybe get a job teaching.DSC_0899 DSC_0900 DSC_0888 DSC_0889 DSC_0891 DSC_0892 DSC_0894 DSC_0898

Wk 10 – Artist Interview – Kaclica Chhin and Amanda Ruiz

Kaclicla Chhin is a 4th year CSULB student who is attaining her BFA with a focus in sculpture art. Amanda Ruiz is Chhin’s partner in this show entitled “Curiosity killed the cat, and satisfaction brought it back”. Kaclicla did all of the sculpture in the exhibit, whereas Amanda sketched all the paintings.

There is a 10 by 10 foot canvas at the entrance of the exhibit covered in plastered moldings of several people’s genitals. She told us that the models for the sculpture moldings were family and friends. I asked if it was awkward for her or them to do the moldings, she replied “No, not for me. Maybe for them at first, but they got used to it” Behind the canvas wall is a unique shaped lamp-type sculpture that is made of moldings of vaginas. It took about three weeks to complete all of the sculptures in the show, Chhin also sculpted a plaster light bulb and penis that were shown in two other galleries. Kaclicla did not want her picture taken, so I respected her privacy. Amanda’s drawings also seemed to be all sexually themed.

Amanda’s drawings seek to normalize a thing that most people are a bit reluctant to speak so openly about. When I asked both artists what their inspiration was for their sexually themed art was, they both said they sought to show the true nature of sex and talk openly about it, they both found it weird that in a society where sex is glorified in the media, people are still uncomfortable about talking openly about sex. They gradually got to their comfortable state of open sexuality after a while. Now the topic of sex really interests them.

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Wk8- Artist Interview – Laura Scattergood

Distrust: to regard with doubt or suspicion.

Laura is a BFA major dealing with fiber. Laura first started off in Santa Monica College as a Psychology major, then she was encouraged by an art professor to pursue art.

Laura’s exhibit this past week was pretty gnarly. As I walked into the Merlino Gallery, I was greeted by a sign that said “enter with caution”. This of course sparked my interest. So I walk in, not knowing what to expect… and i am surprised to see that the room was lined with several golden strings that originate from the mirror at the center of the wall furthest away from the door. It gives the room a “vortex” feel and makes the mirror outlined with bullet casings the “focal point of the room”. The couch and curtains are seemingly normal, until you take a closer look and see that the cushions are stuffed with guns and the curtains have machine-gun patterns stitched on them. The walls are lined with beautifully crafted posters of the human body, which happen to look very similar to shooting practice targets.

Scattergood says she got the inspiration for this show while she was in Canada and she heard of several mass shootings in both the US and Canada. I personally think this show forces a person to look beyond the obvious and to pay close attention to little details.

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