This week I met one of my classmates named Kasi Gibo. The first thing I noticed about her is that I really loved her running shoes (because Nike is my favorite she brand ha!). After talking to her for a while, I discovered that she ran track and cross country in high school, which is something I did in high school too! But unlike me, she ran more of the long distance like the 800 m, 1 mile, and 2 miles, which are events that I would dread to run. She currently lives in Cypress and is commuting to CSULB (it takes around 10 to 15 minutes to drive). She was so excited to say that it was her senior year and that she’s graduating this year. I asked her if she felt a bittersweet feeling, but she told me she just felt ‘sweet’! Although she is a communication major, she wants to pursue a career in cosmetology. She was in beauty school as a sophmore and currently works for Nordstrom, under a beauty supply brand called Lau Mercie. I wasn’t too familiar with the name because I barely use make up and have no idea how to even use something as simple as eye shadow. Even though we had a coupe things uncommon, we definitely shared something that not a lot of people can say: we’re both Japanese! She’s the youngest of three sisters. Her family’s really excited to see her graduate, and I’m also excited to see one more senior graduating from an amazing school. I wish Kasi good luck for her future endeavors!
As I walked into the East Gastov Gallery, the first thing I noticed was the miniature sculptures. I was excited to know that were able to look at animations today because that’s something I’ve been waiting all year to see! The artist responsible for this gallery is Elia Murray. A couple of her sculptures were of dogs and a goat. These characters looked like they could be from a cartoon show that my sister would watch on Sunday mornings! I would say that they displayed a lot of color and personality, which is something I love when it comes to animation. I especially love sceneries in animation because I feel like it captures the true feelings of nature.
Displayed on the wall were also more of Murray’s paintings of watercolor of different characters. Apart of painting, she also loves to write short stories and poems, where she find inspiration for her drawings. She incorporated her love for writing and drawing to create a children’s book. Murray’s dream is to make her art well-known in the movie industries or television. She really wants to land a gig on famous TV networks like Cartoon Network, which is definitely one of my favorite channels or bring her art to Disney.
Murray grew up with the artistic influences of her mother and father. Being in a family full of creative people, Murray loved to draw ever since she was young. Her father had a huge impact on her artistic career because he was an illustrator. Approaching graduation, she wants to pursue her dreams as an artist and hope to work for big companies as an illustrator.
I’m so happy that I got a chance to see some animations this week because I grew up watching some of these cartoons that Murray would like to work for someday. My ultimate favorite illustrator and also famous director is Hayao Miyazaki. The films have greatly impacted me ever since I was a kid. He has made of of the best story lines I’ve ever seen and the animation is beyond amazing. He’s created movies such as Spirited Away, Ponyo, and Howl’s Moving Castle. I’m excited to see what Murray has to show to the world of animation!
This week I had a wonderful pleasure of meeting Andrew Lee. He’s currently a second year in CSULB and has a major in management. One thing that was striking to me about Andrew is that he’s moved to many different places. He was born in Queens, New York, but moved to New Jersey when he was in elementary school. He also told me that he flies back and forth from Korea a lot so he’s very fluent in both Korean and English. He currently lives in Cypress/Cerritos, but also lived in Koreatown in Los Angeles for a little bit as well. To be honest, it was a little difficult keeping up with all the different places he’s lived in, but I was also pretty amazed that he was able to move to so many places and adapt to the changes. I can also relate to his stories of moving around a lot because I also moved several times. The most drastic change I had to go through was moving here from the Philippines. But unlike me, Andrew is an only child. Although he has moved several times, he doesn’t travel as much anymore. He played soccer in high school and on the side as well. Outside of school, he’s part of KASA, CSA, and NSU, which are a couple clubs on campus. He’s also in the military, which I thought was a pretty brave choice. It was really fun talking to Andrew because we shared so many similarities. Hopefully I get to see him on campus more often!
Because this is one of the last artist interviews of the year, I’ll be completely honest: I wasn’t planning on putting any effort into the interviews anymore. But artist Yireh Elaine Kwak totally changed that. I walked through the Gastov West gallery and saw her oil painting on the wall. After listening to the questions being asked, I learned that the title of her work is “Home.” She explained that the painting was not called “House” because then that would have a different meaning. A house can refer to a building, but her painting did not have a building in it. It took her a month and a half to paint it.
The painting was supposed to represent one of her houses that she lived in at Fullerton. I was so surprised when she said this because I didn’t know the city could have such a beautiful landscape; I thought Fullerton was full of city life, but I was clearly wrong. The painting had stairs on the bottom right of the canvas, which looked like it lead to a house. Barbed wires were put towards the left side to separate the house from the wilderness. In the background, there were mountains and what looked like to be a valley. One of my favorite parts of the painting was her use of oil pastel colors. The way all the different colors were put together worked perfectly. She explained that this picture represented one of the houses she had lived in in the pasts It was one of her favorite places because of how she could just go to the backyard to admire the beautiful nature. It’s different from the houses that Kwak has lived in because nothing could compare to the view this house had.
A couple things to know about Kwak is that she loves to draw and paint. It’s also her senior year at CSULB. She loves to paint nature and express her admiration towards the beauty of it. After her senior year, she plans on taking a break from school to figure things out for herself. She wasn’t too sure on where she wanted to go for graduate school, but she wanted to try somewhere different like UC Berkeley. She wants to change things up a bit and moved to a different place far away from Long Beach. I told her that NorCal would be a great idea if she wanted to move somewhere full of nature. I told her about my trip to Davis and San Francisco and how life changing it was. It was definitely different from the usual city life, which is why I loved it even more. I’m excited to see what Kwak has planned for the near future and I wish her luck in everything she does!
The following are instructions to one of my classmate’s procedures called “Alphabet Stories”:
- Write out each letter of the alphabet.
- Write a word next to the letter, starting with the listed letter.
- Write a story connecting all the words together.
One bright and sunny day, Aladdin met a girl named Belle, who lived in a small cottage down the village from where he lives. He wasn’t very fond of her pet duck named Donald Duck. But he was lucky enough to own a huge elephant that could protect him from the biting duck. Sometimes he brings fish to distract the duck from biting him. Aladdin loves Belle very much, so he is willing to go through the biting duck and give her gold for gifts. Aladdin loved Belle so much that he felt like gold was not enough, so he went to the market and bought her the strongest and fastest horse. Along with the horse, he also bought some paper and ink to write her a letter saying how much he loved her. When Belle received the gifts, she jumped in excitement! It was night time and Belle fell in love with Aladdin. She looked at the stars through her kaleidoscope and thought about him. The next day, Belle was walking down the street with a lollipop in her hand and saw this girl named Mulan talking to Aladdin. She became so jealous that she grabbed an ostrich and rode away from the scene. She immediately regrets falling in loved with the prince. To seek advice, Belle went to the queen to tell her about her situation. The queen’s daughter, Rapunzel, told her that what happens, happens. She told her that she will definitely find true love once again, whether it would be now or 10 years from now. Just at that moment, Stitch, one of Rapunzel’s little furry friends ran to her, gave her a hug, and then ran towards the door. When the guards opened the door, a man with muscular arms and broad shoulders came in. His name was Tarzan. It had recently started raining, so he entered the castle putting his umbrella down, shaking his wet hair side to side. He told the queen that it was hard swinging from vine to vine in the pouring rain. Little did Belle know that Tarzan thought it was love at first sight with her. Tarzan and Belle looked into each other’s eyes and knew that they were going to be together forever. Not even a witch’s curse could keep them from being together. They planned their wedding and they both wanted someone to play the xylophone for them. They plan on getting a pet kitten and let it play with a ball of yarn. Belle’s father, Zeus, was filled with happiness after she finally found her true love.
This was a very interesting procedure, but definitely a really fun one! It’s been a while since I’ve made a story like this using random words. This activity kind of reminded me of those mad libs that I used to fill out when I was younger. I actually really liked this activity because it forces you to use your imagination in a way that’s different from the rest of the other procedures. I would definitely would like to do this again sometime!
The following are the instructions for one of my classmate’s procedures called “Text Message Poetry”:
1. Get your mobile device!
2. Open up to your text messages.
3. Look through your messages of the last ten people you have messaged.
4. Write down the third word of the last text you sent to that person.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all of the ten people from your text messages.
6. Make a poem from all the words you wrote down.
7. Read your poem aloud!
Here’s what I got:
Was I know it you down you be your you
At first, I didn’t think that the first sentence made any sense, so I decided to give it another try with the next 10 people I texted:
Attracted at I to hope life okay can it’s just left.
The last sentence made more sense than the last one in my opinion. Jasmin Barnum is the mystery classmate behind this interesting procedure. To think that there is more than just words on a text is what Barnum was aiming for, and I totally agree with her. Thinking back to English class, I start bringing my interpretation skills that I got from reading poems and articles back then. From those ten words, I can kind of see how people can be attracted to themselves, pampering themselves and only thinking about themselves, thinking that the world around them will be okay. Sometimes it can be difficult to create an interpretation about the poems that people write. But sometimes it can also be as simple as that.
This week I had the pleasure of meeting Kylie Louthan. Just like me, she is a first year attending CSULB. Louthan is the only child her family and as the eldest child out of the three, I wanted to understand how it was like not having to deal with other siblings. While I told her that I get easily annoyed by my siblings at home, she told me that there are a couple times where she wishes she had siblings so that she wouldn’t feel too lonely. Although she felt lonely at times, she grew up with a really close relationship with her cousins. She also had two cats at home, which reminded me of Ashley Sharpe’s art from last week. After I told her that I’ve been outside of the U.S., she told me that she’s been to Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. Of all these places, her favorite was Hawaii.
Louthan is a major in film and she has a dream of becoming a film editor. Although she loves movies, her most favorite films to watch are documentaries. Talking to her about film editing was very interesting because I recently edited a film for the Student’s Choice we had a couple weeks ago. Even as a young kid, Louthan loved making videos. For example, her and some of her cousins would make simple videos in 8th grade. To continue her passion in film editing, Louthan tells me that she has taken film classes on campus. One of the classes she explained to me was something like a film history class. This reminded me of a class that was offered in my high school. She told me that there was a lot of film watching, but at the same time there was also a lot of papers to write after watching each film.
Some fun things to know about Louthan is that she isn’t much for creativity. She explained to me how she didn’t like using paint and how she had a hard time knitting during the activity of yarn bombing. Outside of school, she likes to play tennis and play the guitar. I used to take classes on how to play the guitar in middle school, but stopped because I became so busy in high school. Louthan also works at a movie theater, which she has been working in since she was 16 years old! I had such a great time getting to know Kylie and I admire her passion for film editing.