Wk 15 – Artist Conversation – Nancy Young

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Artist: Nancy Young

Exhibition: As the Crow Flies

Media: Print Making

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: None

Instagram: None

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Nancy Young is in the BFA program for print making. This was her final show before she graduates this semester. She has been on and off from school due to some personal problems she had in the past like her substance abuse and bipolar nature. She overcame these problems and is now allowing her past to resonate in her art work. She has now moved on from her problems and is currently a programmer. She loves her art, but doesn’t want it to be the thing that sustains her life. he has a job being a programmer and considers art as a passion and a hobby.

Nancy Young’s work is composed of photographs she took her self around Southern California. Afterwards, she printed them and framed them, some of her work is on wood, plates, and she even used acid to make them show on other materials. Since she makes prints, her work is pretty smooth. Her work is mostly medium sized and in black and white. It is symmetric when it comes to the materials she prints on, but the pictures are more representational of her feelings and surroundings.

Nancy Young’s work explores her experiences from the past like her bipolar nature and substance abuse. Those were roadblocks in her life since they were the cause of her failing grades which eventually led her to be kicked out of school. Her work is in the point of view of the crow and using the crow’s view, she is able t let the public see what the crow sees. In terms of her work, she is the crow and the places the crow visited is a metaphor for her journey into graduating and finally getting her BFA in printmaking.

To me, Nancy’s work is very meaningful. She has been through a lot and the fact that she is able to overcome her struggles is amazing. Her work may seem dark due to the color, but it’s actually inspirational since she has visited so many places and has done so much even with the things that were holding her back. I like her prints since they are very precise and very meaningful.


Wk 15 – Classmate Conversation – Aaron Valenzuela


Aaron Valenzuela is a really nice and relaxed guy. He is a film major who someday hopes to become an accomplished director. He enjoys watching movies and enjoys making them. He wants to direct both horror and action movies in the future. He is a freshman at CSULB and comes from Downey. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with his friends and playing soccer. He enjoys soccer because he likes to run and has a competitive side. He also likes the idea of teamwork that’s needed in soccer. He says that tacos are his favorite food and plans to visit Spain if the chance arises. If you want to know more about Aaron, you can visit him on his website right here


Wk 14 – Art Experience -Sketching in the Garden

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The sketches/photos on top are representational and the photos/sketches on the bottom are abstract. This week’s art experience was little tough for me since I can’t draw at all. The sketches I made are very off from he real thing. Even though the activity was a challenge, actually being at the garden was very relaxing for me. I got to think to myself and I was able to be alone with my thoughts since the atmosphere was so calm and relaxed. This was my first time being at CSULB’s Japanese garden and I have to say that it’s beautiful. Walking around made me feel like I was actually in Japan. It was cool to see that there was also a koi pond. The most challenging part of this activity was the abstract portion of it. Representational drawings were simple enough, but I wasn’t sure what would be considered abstract so I just drew something that seemed different. Photos were easier since the camera does most of the work. I chose unique settings and textures in Japanese garden to represent my abstract photos. Overall it was a very fun and soothing experience that I ill probably do again, but only after finals.

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