Week 3 – Artist Interview: Juliana Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek

There were two individuals that stood out to me when visiting the galleries this week: Juliana Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek. They both attend California State University of Long Beach and are currently 3rd years. Signing up for an intermediate drawing, they met later in the semester and would have never known how close of friends they would become.

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetTheir art stood out to me the most because of the many different vibrant colors they include in their paintings. But what I really wanted to know is the reason or meaning behind these paintings.

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“I Don’t Understand” – Tidawhitney Lek

So I looked at one of Tidawhitney’s artwork and asked her what her thoughts were when she made this painting. She was telling me how this painting depicts her life last semester. It tells a story of how she went through so much in the last year like a major break up with her boyfriend. She was telling me how much anger she felt, so she decided put all those feelings on the canvas. Painting was her way of expressing her feelings and let her escape reality for a little bit. When asked about the colors she chose, she told me that the original colors were blue, red, and orange. Eventually she added the other colors in a somewhat random pattern. This painting is the one she put the most time in compared to her other art.

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“Against the Tempation” – Tidawhitney Lek

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“Stars As Protectors” – Juliana Bustillo

Juliana Bustillo’s art also captured my attention because of all the different shades of color she chose. Julia and Tida work with each other a lot after meeting each other in intermediate drawing. They were both telling us a story of when they were chosen to go on a trip to New York to see the art studios and museums. I asked them what their plans were in the near future and both wanted to go to New York, but being artists, they spend a lot of money on paint a other materials. Juliana even told me that she spent $60 on one tube of paint! With not a lot of money and one goal in life, they told me, “We might as well give life all we’ve got because we’ve really got nothing else to lose.”


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