This was the very last week of being in the art galleries and getting the opportunity to interview artists from my school. This week I interviewed Kate Homer. Kate is originally from San Diego and transferred from a community college when she was 23 years old. She is currently finishing up her portfolio and this gallery was a part of her senior show! Kate is graduating in 2 weeks and participated in this photography because it was a requirement for her BFA portfolio. She informed me that as a BFA major a senior show is a requirement and is equivalent to a final or a thesis in other classes. Kate went into further detail explaining that it is a semester long class and helps students create their 1 big project. She then talked about her big project and educated me that this piece was inspired from the lack of memories she has from her childhood. Kate had a brain disease as a child and this picture was from when she was 3 years old. The above picture on the left shows Kate’s reflection in her photograph as she talks about it. “It is very absent because it is from the dark places of my mind and had no childhood memories”, she said. Kate explained that printing the picture took 2 days and cutting it up and making a collage out of it took about 8 hours. Finally, the photograph returned from being at the Framers’ for 2 weeks! I liked how dark Kate’s photograph was an the pattern that was created out of the picture being cut up so many times.
This week was the last week of being in class this spring and my last classmate interview! I can’t believe how fast this semester came and went, but I am exhausted and looking forward to summer vacation. So, for my last week of classmate interviews, I interviewed Marquis Williams. Mark is 19 years old and lives on campus here at CSULB in the dorms. He is actually from a city very close by, named Cerritos. Mark informed me that he enjoys playing sports, especially football, basketball, and sometimes baseball. He is a film major and wishes to pursue a career in film in the future. I asked mark what his favorite movies are and he replied with, “Titanic, The Last Samuri, Transformers, and Training Day”. Mark has 1 tattoo and is planning to get more. He is the oldest out of 5 children and he is proud to have his driver’s license. I was interested to find out that Mark works on campus and has saved enough money to buy his own car this coming summer! Check out what kind of car Mark gets and what movie he makes by looking at his website found here.
This week in the art galleries, I interviewed Khara Cloutier. Khara is currently working on her MFA in graphic designing at CSULB right now and will be graduating in May! She worked on this project over 3 semesters and her favorite part of the process was coming up with the concept. Khara told me that art direction was involved by others, but everything in terms of being designed, was in fact designed by her. She went to Texas State for her BA and then explained to me the differences she’s observed between Long Beach and Austin. Khara told me that Austin is more of a local place with a great music scene, and Long Beach is so close to Los Angeles it’s a city with many ethnic pockets. She told me that they can both be extremely hot (like the weather we had today), but here we have the ocean. Khara was inspired to do this piece from the city of Long Beach in all its glory! Her favorite food is Japanese, even though she is a vegetarian. She’s been an on-again off-again vegetarian for a long time, but consistently for 5 years. Khara explained to me that she had liked art her whole life, but knew she wanted to do graphic design after taking some classes at a community college in her early 20’s. Unfortunately, she has no website to follow her graphic design adventure.
This week I met with Christopher Nies, a sophomore at CSULB. Christopher likes the campus and thinks it’s a good school. He used to be a marine biology major (which I am currently majoring in), but recently switched to archeology. He wanted to major in marine biology since he was 8 years old, but unfortunately was short 1 unit and had to switch. He has really enjoyed the archeology department at school though, and informed me of how nice and understanding they are. Christopher wants to have a career where he is never stuck in an office and gets to be out in the field. He wants to travel a lot so anthropology seemed like the next best thing. His major aspirations in life would be: “To not have to worry about money, like the next bill. To be surrounded by those who consider me friend and family and to do things and travel to other places”. Christopher took this class to take as a GE and really likes it. In his free time, he likes to collect old comic books from the 1960’s and participate in triathlons. He has about 40 comic books that would sell for around $300! His favorite food is shrimp cocktail that his mom makes and his favorite animal is pikachu. Check out where Christopher travels to by following him on his website here!