WK 10 – Classmate Conversation – Gabriela Hernandez

Classmate: Gabriela Hernandez (https://gabrielahblog.wordpress.com)

Gabriela is a second year at CSULB just like me. Her current major is Undeclared but she is considering declaring her major as Sociology since she is interested in people and how they behave, act, think, and interact with one another. Gabriela is originally from Long Beach and is attending CSULB because it’s close to her home. I am extremely jealous to say that Gabriela had the pleasure of meeting Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez at events like the VMA’s and Radio Disney Awards. I found this very fun and interesting because I also attended the VMA’s but I didn’t get to meet one of my favorite celebrities like she did! Gabriela also mentioned she would love to travel to Greece someday, I think I would love that too. It was great hearing from her and learning about someone new.



WK 10 – Artist Conversation -Helen Werner Cox

Info Block:

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: “Silent Screams”

Media: pastels, charcoal, oil paint, prints, ink

Gallery: CSULB School Of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://www.helenwernercox.com

Instagram: none

About the Artist:

Helen is in her last semester of graduate school at CSULB. She will be graduating from the drawing and painting (figurative tract) program in the school of art. This exhibition is a project included in her completion of her MFA. Helen’s hobbies include gardening and reading, her preferred genres of books include fictional dramas and mysteries. Before she attended CSULB, she was a teacher for about 30 years. She taught high school and after a while she decided she would take on the task of teaching middle school and she ended up loving it. After spending 13 years in Boston, Massachusetts, the cold weather drove her to California. Here she spent 14 years as a school librarian in North Long Beach. She had already completed her Bachelor’s degree at Boston University and decided to attend CSULB for her Master’s. Helen’s exhibition explores the history and wonders of carousels and how they represent society.

Formal Analysis:

Helen’s work had many different media types, ranging from photos made with ink and charcoal to large canvases with oil pastels to a carved sculpture made from wood. All of these pieces vary in color and technique but overall give off a feeling of magic and uniqueness. The vibrant colors and prominent shading make for bold pictures that really stand out. On the other hand, the neutral tones and shading make the horses stand out in a way much less vibrant but equally as bold. Her drawings and paintings demonstrated what seemed to be a lot of hatchwork and linear stokes. The pieces are all blended together and seem to flow from picture to picture, despite their various forms.

Content Analysis:

Helen mentioned that she had gone to multiple carousels to find inspiration for her work. She started at Santa Monica’s carousel but believed it looked too upscale and polished, she wanted to find one that was much more raw. That’s when she discovered the carousel in Griffith Park and became immediately inspired.She noticed the horses had their mouths opened and looked like they were screaming, which is the reason she named her exhibition “Silent Screams”. The paintings, sculpture, and other pieces all flowed together and made it seem as if I was looking into history. The mouths and facial expressions on the horses created a feeling of distress but the bright colors and cheerful music created a feeling of joy. The pieces seemed to contradict themselves and thoroughly demonstrated how mysterious and interesting carousels (and their stories) can be. This can be related back to society because it is also just one large contradiction with a long path of history.


I really loved this piece and I loved listening to Helen speak. I could see it in her face and hear it in her voice that she really loves what she does and has a great interest in carousels and I believe it was beautifully shown in her work. I also enjoyed the fact she added music to her exhibition because it really made me feel like I had just stepped on to a carousel. Helen did an incredible job at making her artwork seem as if it was coming alive and I never got tired of looking at her pieces. I now have the desire to go ride a carousel because I have a whole new outlook on what they are and how important and inspirational they can be.

WK 10 – Annie Ronning – Instagram

For this week’s project, we explored with one of my favorite apps/forms of social media- Instagram! This app first started as a cool way to edit or “filter” pictures, but as soon as it gained popularity it became the second-coming of Facebook, another social media sight we all know and love. Instagram is now a place to express yourself to the world via pictures with clever captions and precise editing. I love Instagram and I was happy to participate in this project. I did indeed make a new account specifically for our art class because I prefer to keep my personal account on “private”. While scrolling through our giant “group selfie” and looking at all of the pictures my classmates posted, I most definitely felt a sense of community. A lot of people posted pictures of campus, food, nature, their friends, and many other things we all have a common liking for. I feel as though most college kids have the same things on their mind: school, food, and fun. This was apparent in all of the diverse and exciting pictures posted on my Instagram! For my pictures, I also chose things along those lines. I posted pictures of my friends and of a water bottle with my sorority’s letters on it. All of these things are important to me and play a major role in my life here at CSULB. Instagram is an incredible way to express yourself- like the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words!”



WK 9 – Classmate Conversation – Sean Hernandez


Classmate: Sean Hernandez (https://fahrenheit393.wordpress.com/)

This week I interviewed Sean Hernandez. He is a friend of one of my friends Breezy Hastie. Sean is an Economics major and his hometown is Los Alamitos. I learned that Sean and Breezy actually went to high school together. Some interesting facts about Sean include: he is really good at baseball and he wrestled in high school. His favorite hobbies include golfing and running. He is a member of the fraternity Pi Kappa Phi and his favorite sports teams are the San Diego Chargers and the Los Angeles Angels. Sean is a nice guy and I’m glad I got the chance to get to know him better!

WK 9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy

Info Block:

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibition: “All Work All Play”

Media: copper and silver

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Website: no website yet

Instagram: only uses a personal instagram, username was not given

About the Artist:

Sean Joy is an undergraduate student in her last semester at CSULB and she is a part of the BFA Metal Program. This exhibition is her first show. Sean is from Los Angeles and is currently living in Long Beach. She dormed at CSULB for two years and she is now in her fifth year of living in Long Beach. When she first applied at Long Beach State, her major was in Creative Writing and Poetry but she quickly changed to Studio Art at orientation. Within 2 years she changed to a focus in metal because it interests her the most. She has interests in reading and gaming and also loves cats. She mentioned that she spends a lot of her free time in the studio where she enjoys experimenting with new things. She likes to keep herself active in trying different things artistically. Her exhibition “All Work All Play” explores the ideas of journaling her emotions and her daily life. Some of her pieces simply practice the requirements that were given to her for her classes but no matter what she is working on she likes to inject as much of her humor as possible. Whenever she is having emotional moments, she makes an effort to express these through her pieces of art.

Formal Analysis:

Sean’s pieces all varied in form and texture. Some pieces were smooth with long, fluid lines like the ladle and some necklaces, while other pieces had a more rough and jagged feel like the choker. In addition, the small bowls took on a completely different form than any other pieces because they were soft, smooth, shiny, and dainty. These bowls also included a design that was painted on while other pieces were jewelry where the shapes were created through the lines of the metal. Overall the forms showed great diversity and variation.

Content Analysis:

Sean Joy’s artwork is inspired by her daily life, emotions, and humor. This can be seen in multiple pieces like the different necklaces that all showed off very opposite styles. Sean expressed that her work reflects her emotions and it is made apparent by the diversity in her work. Just as a human being has numerous amounts of emotions, her pieces of art also expressed countless variations in color, size, texture, and style. As stated by Sean, she loves that she can perfect the technical aspects of metals in order to create things that match her moods- this is expressed very deeply in all of her work.


I really enjoyed Sean’s exhibit because every single piece was unlike any other sitting next to it. One display has gorgeous bowls with flower designs, while the next is a big and bold necklace, following that is a whimsical ladle. I loved that no two pieces were alike, just like how no to experiences or emotions are ever the same. Sean did an excellent job at expressing her patience and hard work through her pieces as I did not get bored once looking at the entire exhibition.




Leela is a doctor with a dark side living in Moonbase Alpha. By day, she is dedicated to her job and has a fierce passion for saving the lives of the Moonbase Alpha citizens. By night, she is a nonstop partier who has an uncontrollable drinking problem. She loves her job but lately her extremely bad habits have been interfering with her work in the hospital. After months of black outs and nights that turn into mornings, Leela has decided she needs to change her life completely and create a new start. Since she spent all of her money on drugs and alcohol, she makes the impulsive decision to kidnap members of the royal family in attempts to make profit off their ransom. After a series of intense events, Leela finds herself hiding away from the law in order to keep the royal members in her possession.

Ava was a member of the royal family but ran away to become a powerful scientist that can create superpowers. Leela knew how valuable Ava was so she knew she needed to kidnap her in order to make enough ransom money to support her new life. https://destinyfarihi.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/wk-9/

Lorika is Ava’s best friend, Leela knew that taking these girls would become a package deal. Lorika is also a member of the royal family and would be worth a lot of money as well. https://haleyandersonsite.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/lorika/

Raven is a vital asset in Leela’s kidnapping plan since she is friends with Lorika. Raven works in a field that Leela is very familiar with so she will be able to get to Lorkia by following Raven. https://jamiefilosa.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/wk9-art-experience-moonbase-alpha-raven-hufflepuff/



WK 8 – Classmate Conversation – Maddy Braverman

Classmate: Madison (Maddy) Braverman (https://madisonbraverman.wordpress.com)

Maddy Braverman is a girl that I did not know before this class, but I have become friends with her throughout this semester. She is a very sweet and outgoing girl with an energetic and fun personality. Maddy is on the CSULB club volleyball team and is a member of the sorority Delta Zeta. Maddy told me that one of her favorite things to do is watch the Bachelor every Monday. Maddy is originally from Porter Ranch and is currently in her second year of school at CSULB. She started off as a Biology major but is now majoring in Human Development. She intends to focus on a career in social work. Maddy is a very positive, vibrant girl that will easily brighten your day if you talk to her. I am glad I have the pleasure of knowing her!



Wk 8 – Artist Conversation – Bri Joy

Info Block:

Artist: Brianna Joy

Exhibition: Merge

Media: sectioned hand-printed images, BFK printmaking paper, light sensitive emulsion stencils, water based ink screen with aluminum frames

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: no website yet

Instagram: @bri.joy

About the Artist:

Bri is in her final year of the undergraduate art program of Printmaking at CSULB. She stated that this exhibition is her BFA show. Bri likes sports and is very active, she loves yoga, surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, and hiking. She has an appreciation for wilderness and came from a very small town called Modjeska Canyon. Coming to Long Beach was a culture shock for her. She mentioned she also loves camping and being outdoors. She believes her artwork represents the elements of her past and present and how the come together and grow at the same time. It references where she came from, where she is now and how the worlds merge in her life.

Formal Analysis:

Bri’s work is neutral colored and consists only of the colors black and white. Most of the pieces are linear – and these lines tend to be completely straight or twisted and curved. Some of the lines create images of women and the abstract art creates a feeling of mystery and wonder. Most of the lines in the paper are continuous and seem to flow together. The lines in each piece vary, they are either choppy and straight or curly and continuous, creating unique pieces.

Content Analysis:

As mentioned previously, this exhibition is entitled “Merge” as it is about the merge in the artist’s life. Bri Joy grew up in Modjeska Canyon, where the population was less than a few thousand people and there was no service reception. After being born and raised in such a small town, Bri experienced a drastic changed when she moved to Long Beach, which is expressed in her artwork. The pieces offer extreme variation, just like the shift she experienced in her own life. Some pieces are calm and serene, with smooth lines that twirl around while other pieces are bold and abrupt, with thick lines slicing through the paper. These dramatic differences can be related to her dramatic change from her past to her present.


I loved everything about this exhibition. In my opinion, sometimes things can be expressed much differently when there is no color involved. I love that at first glance, the gallery seems to all look similar, but within one second the viewer can see how different each piece really is. I also have a much greater appreciation for printmaking, as I was unsure how the process worked. It is incredible to believe that each piece of art was created in sections, yet it looks as though it was all printed on the same sheet of paper. Overall, I really liked the diversity and variation in Bri’s pieces and I really enjoyed the story behind the artwork. We all come from different pasts and are living separate presents, but the one thing every person has in common is that these aspects truly shape who we are as people 0 and Bri did an amazing job at showing that through her work.

WK 8 – Automatic Drawing – Annie Ronning

This experience is unlike any other art experience I’ve done before. It was different which made it exciting and my partner was also interested in it which seemed to make it more fun and successful. At first (when these pictures were taken) we were holding the pen with a lot of downward pressure and didn’t realize it until we noticed that nothing was happening. After we adjusted our grip we were finally able to produce results. As predicted, it was hard not to laugh but once we relaxed then pen started to write. I have never heard of this art form before so I’m glad I got to try it – it was new and I enjoyed it.

WK 7 – Classmate Conversation – Jamie Filosa

Classmate: Jamie Filosa (https://jamiefilosa.wordpress.com/)

This week I had my classmate conversation with Jamie Filosa, I did not know Jamie before this class but I am glad to call her a friend now. Jamie is a Sociology major originally from San Ramon, California. San Ramon is a city very close to my hometown and our high schools actually played in the same league together. Her hobbies include cheerleading, photography, and volunteering. We also bonded over the fact we were both cheerleaders for a large majority of our lives! In addition to her hobbies, Jamie also holds the position of Vice President of Philanthropy in her sorority, Delta Zeta. She is a second year and plans to graduate next year- she is considering adding a minor because she isn’t quite sure what she wants to choose as a career. One interesting fact about Jamie is that she was born and raised in Connecticut and used to own 2 sheep. She loves country music and alternative rock but listens to all different genres. Her favorite memory is winning NCA nationals her senior year of high school with her cheer team, Cali Bullets. If I was Jamie, that would be my favorite memory too! I am very thankful that I met her in this class and hope to continue our friendship even after Art 110 ends.