Wk 13 – Artist Interview – Shihori Nakayama

I chose to go to this gallery because the work I saw was so finely detailed. You really had to look up close to the drawing to see every little part of the picture. I was amazed by the smallest lines and fixtures in the drawing. After I took a while I went to get an interview. She said that she went to Cal State North Ridge before and her inspiration of her work is manga. I’ve always been interested in anime but never really dove into it or watched it. When asked how she made her drawings, she replied saying it was ink and pen drawings. I was just so shocked because of the small details. I was thinking that It would have took the longest time to even do a part of the drawing. She said she each one she did depends on the time because she will work on it when she is bored and has nothing else to do. She makes small pieces and puts them together into one huge piece.

When you look at her work you can see that it has animals in it like a cat for example. When asked why she said that she loves animals and are easier to draw than humans so she puts them in her works. She wants to make a portfolio and has started all this work since last semester. She does not plan ahead and free styles her work which is again a mind boggling thing for me. I just cant see myself with that kind of talent ever. She just draws by her memory and pictures that she sees. Some pieces were about herself seeing a cat int he street which amazed her because she does not see that from her area. Another work was her classmate that she incorporated into her drawing.

I think her work is very amazing and to fully appreciate it you have to take your time and look closely at it. Again it is a talent you do not see very much often and I think she can go far places.


Wk 9 – Artist Interview – Lesley Nishigawara

I have no idea why, but this crazy connection of string that was heading in every direction seemed to catch my attention. It just was something that made me want to stop and try to figure out if it had a pattern or a certain sigh of direction it was heading with the different colors. Any who, I stared at it for a while and headed out to see that people were already interviewing the artist.

Since the interview already started, I was in the back listening to the others ask questions. She stated that this piece took her 10 hours to install, which is a very large amount of time. I personally would have been very frustrated and impatient doing this project. The material she used was vellum card stock and string from what I heard behind the crowd of other students. I heard that this was a┬ámaster show for her thesis that she had to get approval from. (couldn’t really hear her voice but I hope that is correct). She also stated that she chose to go to Long Beach because of the Fiber program that we offered and she even told us that many other colleges don’t have this program available to students which I did not know and assumed it would be in every other college too.

Her artwork is supposed to represent “how information is revealed through systems and the resulting patterns they create.”. I had a hard time grasping this concept and even went back to read the statement a couple more times while I was in the gallery and after the interview session. But after I saw a couple more pieces of artwork and the remaining sentences I slowly started to get the concept.

Thank you for your time and work!

Wk8 – Artist Interview – Laura Scattergood

As I walked into this gallery, I was at first very intrigued by the mysterious feel. I did not grasp the work’s meaning at all at first until I read the statement and still had to look closer for details that I couldn’t find so easily. There were shapes hidden in the work and strings that had a weird sort of vision down the gallery.

After I looked around for a while I asked the artist what this artwork was supposed to represent even though I already read the statement. She told me that the strings attached forces the viewer tot he apex of the mirror, a forced intention to make the viewer see hidden objects in the gallery. The mirror was right in the middle so I asked about it and she told me that it was actually made by herself. I was very curious and she even told me that it was made last semester but she had to redo it because she used the wrong glue and it fell apart. The mirror had bullets around it and she assured it was fake and that real ones would be to heavy to hang the mirror. Now those bullets had to do with the side pictures on the walls that mimicked targets for practice shooting. She worked on this piece since August and even made the couch herself. That is very cool in my terms. She even decided to remake the couch because she didn’t like it… I would not work that much. She screen printed the curtain, hand wove the rug, and almost did everything herself except the curtain pole.

She feels that our society is too individualistic and that people only worry about themselves. She worked on this project because of the shootings and wondered why our world was like this. I almost feel the same way but would portray it a different way if I was a BFA in Fiber.

Cool work!