Misty Ruiz

Art 110- Sec 2- 1 PM

WK 13- Classmate Conversation- Anthony Estalilla


This week I had a conversation with Anthony Estalilla who has quite a busy life compared to mine. We spoke about how stressed out he finds himself especially now with midterms coming up right before finals. In addition, he was carrying a whole bottle of Starbucks’s iced espresso flavored caramel macchiato which shows what his pick-up was to continue begin awake. Moreover, not only is Anthony focusing in school but also being a shift lead at his work Poke Kai and being the Vice President of his fraternity. He is actually very excited he is the vice president because he is looking forward to reestablishing what brotherhood is and making other executive decisions. Especially since he knows his fraternity can live up to the potentials of brotherhood. For this weekend he had a lot going on with performing in a talent show for a sorority at Cal State Fullerton and then had a philanthropy event of feeding the homeless. With so much going on in his life he finds himself busy and does not know how he does it without car. To me Anthony is an example of proving one can do anything and overcome any obstacle in this case Anthony does everything he enjoys without having a car and managing his time.


WK 13- Artist Conversation- Laura Lopez

WK 12- Artist Conversation- Jacob Hogan

Wk 12 – Art Experience- Ethnography

This ethnographic experience was mind blowing! At first I was looking forward to this activity, yet after the first twenty minutes I honestly started feeling impatient. I felt impatient because I did not start doing anything to keep me busy and the ability of not using my phone was getting to me. I realized I am constantly using my phone 24/7 for literally everything and it was hard to break that attachment. However, afterwards I did begin to read for an upcoming test and found it helpful since I was able to concentrate, yet hard at the same time by having to adjust to the use of candle lights only. Afterwards, I got tired and went to sleep.

1) My thoughts on this experience were that it was going to make me feel completely stress and I was not going to be able to go through it the whole night.

2) This activity was harder than I thought since it took away something that I take for granted, that is electricity.

3) At first when I was not doing anything I found myself impatient, but it eventually turned out being soothing and liberating.

4) Before I laid down I felt my eyes tired and uncomfortable from reading, but when I laid down I felt a relief and slept very comfortable.

5) Living without electricity is more organic since the production of electricity generates waste and gases such as greenhouse gases, therefore without electricity Earth gets less harmed by one of many factors already affecting it.

6) Living without electricity could be limiting, but if it was completely gone, the use of solar panels would still be available. I would definitely find it limiting since I usually depend on my desk lamp while doing homework after 12 A.M. on a typical school night.

7) I definitely think people survived without constant stimulation in the case of electricity. I believe so because people could look forward to the moment of bonding when the sun went down and gathered around a fire. In addition, before electricity in my opinion I think people took advantage of their time of day, so by sun down they had already finished their day chores.

8) My ideal level of life activity based on the use of electricity would be to have the same use of electricity I have today, yet the only thing I would change would be to change my form of communication with friends and even when meeting strangers since we all depend on social media via the use of electronics to plan any social gathering.



WK 12- Artist Conversation-

Wk 11- Artist Conversation- Yujia Gu








The artist of this exhibition Yujia Gu is a graduate student in the process of obtaining her Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design. Prior to pursing her Master’s degree Gu came to the United States as an international student from China. Which on China she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design as well.

To convey her message throughout her exhibition, Gu used vinyl sticker material. It was used to demonstrate statistics, a repetitive message of gun violence across one of the walls and her title of the exhibition. In addition, Gu used technology to demonstrate countries around the world where gun violence is reported. In addition she has a recording of her mother and Gu translating which is based on her mother’s concerns with her daughter’s safety. Lastly, a powerful image in hung featuring the images of many children who have been victims of gun violence. As Gu stated she made this piece in black and white because she believes it conveys a more powerful meaning as it impacts the audience instead of it being in color.

The purpose of this exhibition is to promote awareness of gun violence mainly in the United States, but also from other countries. This message does not only go out to international students who wish to study in the United States, but are concerned for the gun violence heard that happens frequently in the U.S. This message goes out to others already in the United States, so they too can know how serious this issue is. It took a year of research to put this exhibition together, moreover Gu shared that once she began research for this topic she became interested in different cultures as well and how the gun violence affects them. Gu took the risk to move from China to the United States to study here, even though her mother was concerned for her safety since China hears of the awful gun violence that occurs and many targets of this problem are international students. It has been three years since Gu has lived here in the United States and in a way has accepted the gun violence constantly heard throughout the country. However, she hopes for gun control to improve and people become more aware of the problem and take action to help lower this type of violence.

To me personally this exhibition was very powerful. Especially when Gu told us that compared to China where carrying a gun is illegal, people here in the United States are constantly buying guns and voting against gun regulations. My opinion on guns is not completely against it nor is it completely for it. Like everything else it is upsetting that in the hands of the wrong people, terrible things happen especially when innocent lives are involved. In contrast, I do find a gun can obviously serve for its purpose of a form of protection. Nonetheless, this exhibition did bring awareness to me and shocked me in a way how the gun violence in the United States is compared to other countries such as Canada.

Wk 11- Classmate Conversation- Thida Mongkolvipakul, Jeniffer Ostroff, Antonella Redekosky and Kathryn Giometti


This week I got the chance to meet four different girls from both art 110 classes. From the many conversation we had, I learned Thida wants to become an occupational therapist. She is in the same situation as I am with declaring a major and being placed on hold because we are over the 60 unit mark. Jennifer on the other hand is a third year student like me, however she is a film major and moved from Pennsylvania to Long Beach, California. As she stated she left the East coast mainly to get away from the cold and the snow. In addition, both Antonella and Kathryn are both dance major and explained how competitive it is. As they stated not only is the life of a dance major just about mental work, it also involves physical work. In addition, we talked about how movies are different from the books most of the time, such as the Harry Potter movies compared to the books as well as the movie A Walk to Remember is different from the book. There is instances where I  personally enjoy the movie better, yet in my opinion books allow one to use their imagination to picture scenes as well as the characters. However, likewise to what the other girls said screen writers are very important since they can make a movie great or completely destroy it. Especially when trying to make a movie from a book. Overall it was a interesting conversation since we all come from different majors, yet we share similarities.

Wk 10- Artist Conversation- Amy Duran








The artist of this exhibition Amy Duran is a senior at CSULB, who is going to graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with the emphasis in Ceramics. Based on this exhibition she demonstrates a reoccurring theme of discovering herself and coming of age as one has to accept the transformation from childhood to adulthood.

The material mostly used in this exhibition was ceramics which all the figures were made out of. In addition, this exhibition was an interactive fable where each part of the story was on a different wall and was introduced by gold pages on a book. In addition, music was played in the background as a form that I would say played a part in setting the mood. Allowing the audience feel like they were reading a childhood story or fairytale.

The meaning behind this exhibition is that the animals throughout the fable are pets that Amy had and whom were part of her childhood life. As the fable story goes she is venturing with a bear living life, yet she encounters a wolf who is the symbol that reassures her that she is growing up and has to acknowledge the fact that she is an adult. A well as she has to face the differences that society has for a woman. However, the impact these pets had in her life is something she will always carry with her and that is why she has a cemetery in the last scene in this story.

For me, this exhibition did impact me in the sense that it is hard to let go and face the world when you have to grow up and let go of one’s childhood. In addition, throughout my childhood I too along with my sisters had a couple pets growing up and many did pass away but where definitely a part in our lives.

Wk 10- Art Activity-Architecture & Urban Planning-The Wedge


I chose to redesign the wedge of the FA4. My redesign is not drastic however, after spending awhile at this wedge I would not want to remove the tree. Instead all the dirt areas around the tree I would fill it up by planting flowers and leave the cement side walk as the only route to access the door that will lead to the second and third floor. In my opinion the tree and plants already in this area add a form of decoration to the plain white walls, so if they were to be removed the area would look plain. Even though now people will have to walk around the tree, hopefully they appreciate the beautiful flowers growing around. Moreover, future students will appreciate the beauty of nature especially since it is a source of oxygen for us. In addition, like mentioned this form of access to the building is not frequently used a lot whereas the west side of the building is constantly being used. Besides I would rather want people to walk around the tree than stepping on the soil, so with flowers in the way it will prevent people from stepping on it. This is not a drastic redesign to the wedge but I prefer the beauty of nature and this old tree so I would not have them gone.

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