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The internet is a very vast ocean. You know how only 5% of the world’s oceans have been discovered? The internet is just the same way. The internet is a place where you can buy a toy for your kid, or buy a stolen credit card (from the black web). Internet culture is very unpredictable as well. A video of you doing something cute or funny can surface the internet and turn you into a star. Or on the other hand, a video of you doing something terrible can surface the internet and turn you into one of the most hated people in the country or even the world.

I feel like copyright is very balanced as it is. An artist should be able to determine how his work can be used when it comes to other artists using it for inspiration.

I’ve chosen the public domain copyright because it allows other people to use it more for their own work. I wouldn’t want for my work to be locked for other people not to access.

The first thing I did for my remix piece was go through all my peers websites. Then I chose 8 graffiti art pieces of theirs and made a collage of them. I picked the ones that I liked personally. This activity was great because I had to go through all my peer’s websites, which I had not yet done. I learned a lot about my classmates from this activity.

Romantic Pop Song

I never would’ve thought
That I’d sit here in distraught
Wondering what I did wrong
To push you away

I tried to give my all
But you got to understand
I can’t express my feelings
So I’ll type them with my hands

You are my daily dose of happiness
We could never be bored
I still think to this day
Of the experiences we had in store
No matter what’s coming
I want you to know
I’ll eventually move on
But I’ll never let you go

In my song, I was trying to think about the fun parts of my past relationships and my problems that led to ending a relationship.

What was your process for writing your song?
My process for writing my song was
a. listen to some artists to put a melody in my head
b. put together ideas for the direction of my song
c. write down a paragraph of my thoughts
d. split them up into 4 sections

Was it easy? Hard? What you expected? Surprising?
Writing the song was easy. The hard part for me was putting together ideas and distinguishing the direction of the song.

How successful do you think your song is?
I believe my song is successful because it sends the clear message to the reader of what I feel for that person.

Do you think you will ever write another song?
I enjoy listening to music. I am the biggest music enthusiast out of all my friends. Although, writing music isn’t really my thing, so I’ll say maybe.

If you did write another song, what do you think it might be about?
If I did write another song, It’d be about a love that made me feel a way I’ve never felt before.

Extra Credit Artist Conversation: Micol Hebron

Artist: Micol Hebron
Exhibition: Gendered Equity: The Gallery Tally Poster Project
Media: Social influencer/ Mixed
Instagram: @unicornkiller1

Micol Hebron is an American born artist that is based in Los Angeles. Hebron studied theater and visual arts at the University of California, San Diego from 1991 to 1992, and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, Venice, Italy, from 1993 to 1994. She went on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Arts in fine art in 1995. In 2000, she graduated from the UCLA with a Masters of Fine Arts in new genres and contemporary art history. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Chapman University.

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Hebron is most known for her “inappropriate” artwork as facebook and instagram would call it. Her art normally involves ways of working and includes both individual projects and crowd-sourced, collaborative projects. She almost never includes the fabrication of objects like painting, sculpture, or drawings. She is a feminist who presents her ideas and thoughts throughout her artwork and actions. Micol’s art is constantly getting taken down from Facebook and Instagram because of their censorship guidelines. In 2013 Hebron launched Gallery Tally, a collaborative art project in which people around the world were tracking women’s representation in art galleries and creating posters for exhibition.

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Micol Hebron’s art is very eye opening to the problems with society that we face today. One particular piece that consisted of male nipple stickers covering a female’s has the most meaning in my opinion. Her meaning behind it was to show how unfair it is to censor women’s nipples but not nipples that belong to men. It all feeds to the idea of women’s bodies being sexualized which only makes life harder for women. She poses topless in her pictures to make a statement that she won’t succumb to the rules of the patriarchal state that the world is currently in.  Her passion towards gender equality is shown throw these powerful images of her body. Her body represents power and is a form of feminist activism in today’s day and age.

I believe Micol’s art is bold and beautiful. It corrects us from our wrong depictions of the woman’s body and pushes us in the direction of giving women the respect to not sexualize them. One thing I can connect her art with is Ancient African Art. When I visited Ethiopia last summer, I saw lots of different kinds of art. One thing I noticed was the amount of art that displayed nudity. I came to understand how different the Western world is compared to the African world. It shows how they don’t view the body as a sex symbol, but value the human body for it’s beauty. I believe that is one of Micol’s main messages in the art she produces.

Graffiti Art

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This was actually my first time doing bubble letters since I was in grade school. It took me a couple tries to get the hang of it again. One thing that kind of frustrated me was that my rough draft looked better than my final lol. Still this was a very fun activity for me. I wish I could’ve done it at Venice Beach with spray cans but that’s alright. I tried my best not to use my eraser like you told us to and the letters ended up looking great in my opinion.

Storytelling (Photography)

life is good. i’m just enjoying my love for basketball
a major setback occurs that changes my daily life
wishing I could just put my jersey on and get back on the court
learning to cope with the pain; that feeling when you want to do something … anything, but you can’t );
sometimes doing nothing is doing something as well, peace can be enjoyable as well

I chose this story because it is a major period of my life where I felt lost and had no idea where to go. I strained my ACL, which is a major tendon in the knee. Injuring your acl is one of the scariest, injuries that you ca get, as ends careers and often changes an athletes whole life. Basketball had always been my passion and this only made me scared that I would never be able to play again.

I believe I did well displaying the events in my story. I think I could’ve done a better job on visualizing the mental state of what I was going through in the story.

Individually, I thing the best image in my story is the first one. It’s a picture of me in my jersey doing the one thing I love the most, dribbling a basketball. Putting the jersey on for that picture brought back a lot of memories and felt nostalgic. It’s personally my favorite because it was the most happy I felt during the photo shoot for my story.

I think the fifth image is the best picture when it comes to telling the story. The image is a picture of me recovering with my leg elevated with my hand throwing a peace symbol. The image really shows my mental growth and how I was coming to peace with the situation I was placed in.

One thing I would do differently next time is include an audio saying ll the things that were going through my head at the time. That wold really give the reader extra insight on what I was really feeling during each period of my journey.

I believe I could tell a whole lot of photo stories. Living 19 years already, I feel like there’s a whole lot of experiences I could visualize and make stories out of. I’d just need a whole lot of storage for my camera lol.

Sustainable Art

For this activity, I couldn’t find any materials in my home so I went for a walk and took some from my neighbors(they don’t have to know). I found leaves and stones so I took one stone and a couple leaves and tried to make something of it.

First thing I noticed was how dirty the stone was, so I went and cleaned the stone. Afterwards it looked so shiny I could see my own reflection on the stone. If you look closely at the picture I captured you will see what I am talking about. In some ways, that stone can relate to everyday human beings. Glistening at first, but because of a harsh environment, start to feel beaten up and lusterless. Then after all that, brought back to life by a certain individual.

  • How long should a kiss last?
    I believe a kiss should last however long the people engaging in the kiss feel the passion for it.
  • How long should a great meal last?
    A great meal should last 10-15 minutes, any longer and it’ll get cold!
  • How long should a work of art last?
    A work of art can last however long the artist intends it to. Chefs treat their work like it’s art even though it will be chewed up by someone 30 minutes later.
  • How long should a marriage last?
    A marriage should last as long as the couple in it feel happy with each other.
  • How long should a human life last?
    A human life should last forever, too bad life doesn’t work that way though
  • Does the fact that some things, like ephemeral artworks and human lives, have a finite time and then are gone make a difference in the way we experience them?
    I believe so. If we know that one day we won’t be able to have that experience again, it will only make us value that moment more.
  • Should other things, like clean water, air, and land be sustainable and long lasting?
    Things like clean water, air, and land should be sustainable and long lasting so future generations can have a good life.
  • Can one person, like you, make a difference in a global problem like Climate Change?
    It takes a whole world of individuals to make a difference in global issues. It all starts with yourself though. You can’t control how others will live, you can only do your best to correct those that you can.

Artist Conversation #5

Artist: Kiyomi Fukui
Exhibition:The Green Thumb Project
Media: MFA in Printmaking: CSULB; BFA in Graphic Design: La Sierra University
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery West
Instagram: @kiyomimiz

Kiyomi Fukui Nannery is a Japanese-American artist who works and lives in Long Beach, CA. She received her MFA in Printmaking here at CSULB and her BFA in Graphic Design at La Serra University. Although, she doesn’t only produces print-based artwork. Kiyomi also practices participatory performance and fiber arts, such as tatting and crocheting. Her main focus is capturing transient intimacy, irrespective of media.

 photo credit:  Isabel Avila

One piece of art that Kiyomi says is her favorite is the Green Thumb project. It is a project that she started in November of 2014, right before her mother passed away. She started it by taking a mold of her mother’s thumb. Kiyomi used that thumb mold to create white paper mache replicas, in which seeds were planted and grown out of. Once growing, the sprouts and thumb replicas are then placed into a larger pot, and eventually a small garden. The thumbs do lose their color and become more dirty when planted, however they are biodegradable and will decompose into the dirt overtime. On the surface, its almost impossible to tell that the result in the form of a bright green plant started in something as unusual as a paper thumb. In the gallery, her project is presented as six raised-bed planters, two tables that display plants in various stages of growth, accompanied by a faint audio recording of her voice describing the growth of the sprouts, one table that functioned as a paper-casting station, and a collaged printed work. The paper-casting station hosted an assortment of seed packets and a large glass container holding multiple sprouting paper-casted thumbs.

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This project has a lot of emotional attachment to Kiyomi. Her mother was incapable of speaking when she took the mold of her thumb, but she saw the expression on her face as she enjoyed the feeling of her thumb being pressed against the silicone. The thumb held all of Kiyomi’s last memories with her mother. The thumbs can be thought of as a relic, produced from her sentiment. However, in the process of caring for the thumbs, the efforts and numerous failures took on another layer of meaning. There are ups and downs that come with growing the thumbs; it is a relationship. For Kiyomi, this complex experience is healing. Loss is universal, but healing comes in many forms. She hopes to reflect one form of healing here, where the coping from loss is merged with daily life activity, producing further feelings to feel.

 photo credit:  Isabel Avila

Looking at everything that went in to this project, I can only be in awe. I can’t imagine the emotions Kiyomi was feeling as she had the mold before she started. I’ve personally never lost a family member, which I am blessed to say. I often get scared of how it will feel if I lose someone close to me. But everyone meets their end one day, no matter who you are. We can hold on to the memories of our loved ones when they pass, but having a tangible way to remember someone like Kiyomi did is beautiful and the most honoring. This inspires me to cherish my loved ones every moment I can and hold on to things that hold memories.

i12 Visual Art Gallery

For this activity, I used fortnite as a platform to find different pieces of art to present. Gamers can create worlds and set up game modes for other users to use. It was originally created as a battle royale, but it evolved into a platform where you can build your own game within the game. The reoccurring themes in these three worlds is the wild imagination that these kids have to create these worlds.

This world was created by gingerjay91, a kid that creates different worlds for the fun of it. This was my favorite piece of his, because he incorporated beautiful colors into it. This world is used for a game where you push the sphere into the competing teams castle.

This world was created by my friend Alex, who I met online on a squad fill match. He created this world to serve as a place where gamers could 1v1 against each other. Players set up worlds for this purpose all the time but Alex’s is the most creative. The thing I like the most about it is the purple nebula effect he put into this along with the design of the weapon spawns.

This world was created by icifyed, who recently went viral because of it. The world is a death run challenge where gamers can race against each other while running over obstacles. When you go through this one, it teleports you to a totally different world as a second part so other users can catch up. The detail that went in to this one is very commendable, he even set up checkpoints in between so you won’t have to start from the beginning.

i11 Vlog!

For this assignment I did a videogame vlog with my younger cousin. We played fortnite duos and got as many victories as we could. We couldn’t be together because of the quarantine so we played together online. I was able to post a clip to youtube directly from my playstation. I did a facecam video as well, but my phone didn’t have enough storage to upload to youtube. I tried for hours but couldn’t get it to work 😦

  1. My goal with my video was to have fun with my little cousin.
  2. Yes, we accomplished it. We got back to back wins with 10+ kills (which is actually pretty good).
  3. I would make sure I had the right equipment to upload the gameplay so I could share it.
  4. I can’t guarantee it but there’s a possibility.
  5. My favorite youtuber is Nelk, they are a small group that uploads the funniest pranks on youtube.
  6. The part of their work that appeals to me is the dark side of their content. They always break Youtube’s guidelines and get their videos demonetized. They care about bringing their fans the best content out there.
  7. I guess the number one lesson I can learn from them is if I’m true to who I am, people will enjoy watching me more.
  8. Authenticity is being honest to yourself and others.
  9. Performance is the act of doing some form of entertainment.
  10. Authenticity and performance can coexist because I believe performance is a measurement of how well you do what you do. Being true to yourself is something you come to terms with within.
  11. I believe she being authentic in both videos. Although, she is definitely more comfortable in the second video because she is in her house instead of being in front of an audience. Her tone is a lot more casual in the video during quarantine.

Artist Conversation #4: Mahsa Soroudi

Artist: Mahsa Soroudi

Exhibition: Nature’s Cadence

Media: Mixed Media



Mahsa Soroudi is an Iranian Artist/Curator who resides in Southern California. She was born and raised in Tehran, the capital of Iran. She left Tehran with her husband a week after getting married. From there she went to Malaysia, where she learned English. Then she came to the East Coast of the United States and lived there for half a year. Then she settled here in Southern California.

Her art demonstrated above is Nature’s Cadence. Mahsa has a small collection of plants that she tends to. She keeps them in her back patio. I didn’t get a clear look at how many she had from the video, but I counted about 3 big individual plants and one large container with about 16 small plants.

The message she tells us with these plants is that how beautiful as they are, you don’t know what’s going on under all the soil with all the roots. She feels as she can relate to it because in the past she was “still” as a plant stands in its early stages in life. Over the years she has “grown her roots” and developed a feeling for home.

I feel like her art gives us great insight to her story. I’m not an immigrant so I don’t know the troubles she has gone through to adapt to her life now, but comparing it to a plant growing still, then branching out in its own beautiful way is a great way to demonstrate how far she’s come.