ART 110

Wk 12 – Extra Credit

A.My favorite activities that we had this semester are:

  1. Graffiti Writing
  2. Art Museum Visit
  3. Landscapes with a Corpse

My favorite, by far was the Graffiti Writing activity. The activity paired with the Art Talk and Artist of the Week, was by far the best. The reason why I liked it so much was because it let me become more open minded about graffiti art. Before I did not really appreciate it as much as I did now, and actually going out and actually doing graffiti (and not vandalizing anything) was a lot of fun. I also really enjoyed the Art Museum Visit because I was able to meet up with a classmate and professor. I have always liked going to art museums to appreciate the pieces that artists make. I also enjoyed Landscapes with a Corpse because it is something that I would have never done in my life. It was fun imagining the scene of your “death” and making props, such as fake blood and an ouija board, to make you imagination come to life.

B.My least favorite activities that we had this semester are:

  1. Fiber Art Wall Hanging
  2. Instagram
  3. Plaster Casting

I didn’t hate these activities, I just didn’t find my pieces to be that successful or I was probably not that into it. I didn’t really enjoy the Fiber Art Wall Hanging activity because I was so busy that week; I couldn’t go to the store to purchase necessities that I had in mind for the project. As for the Instagram project, I just felt uncomfortable posting more than once a day. I was afraid that I might lose some followers (lol) for posting content that I normally would not post. I actually enjoyed the Plaster Casting activity but I felt like I would have liked it a lot more if I went to the beach with my friends and did it there instead of in a bucket.

C.I thought Slack was a lot more convenient and a lot more useful than BeachBoard. Discussions were easier to navigate and making your own post was very simple and easy to use. I preferred this because I used the Slack App on my mac as well as on my phone. It is also great to have it as a mobile app… just in case you totally forget that you had an art assignment and needed to do it right then and now… not like that happened to me or anything (it happened multiple times.. oops!)… đŸ™‚

D. I thought that the Artist of the Week, Activities, and Art Talk were all very interesting and different. Most of the artists on the Artist OTW were people I have never heard of before, and it was really great getting research about them and seeing what inspires their art. There were many enjoyable activities that we were able to do that I may have never done if I hadn’t taken this class. The Art Talks were also very interesting. I think the best Artist OTW, Activities, and Art Talks were the ones where they were all connected with each other. For example, the graffiti writing activity also had an Artist OTW and Art Talk about graffiti. It was great doing the activity when we did research about the artists and artwork about it. One thing that I wish I was able to do was interact with the Art Talk organizing map that Mr. Zucman had in his videos. I wish I was able to click through some of them because the descriptions for some of the material was very short and concise. But other than that it was a great class that I enjoyed participating in during my summer.



Wk12 – Artist – Mahsa Soroudi


This week’s artist of the week is Mahsa Soroudi. I think this is the most different and unique artist of the week we have ever had. I would have never really thought that plants would be an art form. For Mahsa Soroudi, her plants and succulents are very significant for her.

Mahsa Soroudi was born in Tehran, Iran, the capital of Iran. Tehran is a city where art thrives. Mahsa was born surrounded by art, because he father was an artist and the city where she lived was filled with art and culture. People from all over the country go to Tehran in order to pursue art. She grew up traveling to different countries and living in different countries, so she has a very open mind set. Now she resides in California. She uses art to tell her stories and to show how much she has grown. Plants have a life cycle, very much like a human has, so it is easy to correlate her growth with a plant’s growth. In the interview that Mr. Zucman had with Soroudi, she speaks of her struggles and life. She shows a plant that had gone through a “drought.” It still lived and continued to grow, despite the fact that some of the branches grew kind of awkwardly, it persevered. She also wants to use her art to clear up some misunderstandings and stereotypes about her country. It is very obvious that America has some strong stereotypes and propaganda against Middle Eastern countries. Most of these stereotypes are women are victims and are treated inhumanely. Soroudi says that it is not true in most cases. She says that women are very capable and are going to college to get an education, much like women here. She wishes to clear these stereotypes.
Very much like succulent plants, she is strong and sturdy and continues to look for chances to grow and share her story using her art. I think that she is a very strong and brave person and I am glad to have her as our very last artist of the week.

Wk11 – Artist – Vanessa Blaylock


This week’s artist of the week is Vanessa Blaylock. I, and I’m guessing some other students, was a little confused about this artist. Many people seemed to not think of her avatars as “art.” Yes, I agree, her “artwork” is unusual and different, but it doesn’t mean it is not art.
What she does seems like a lot of fun.I remember I would spend hours finding mods, and modding myself, for The Sims 2 to make characters and customize their appearance. I would also build houses and use the modded furniture to make the interior of the house look fancy and sleek. In any game that has a character customization page, I would spend hours just trying to make my character look cool, cute, or purposely ugly. Her artwork does lay in the realm of digital art and graphic design… which doesn’t make it any less of a piece of art.

What kind of shocked me about this week’s artist of the week was the discussion page on slack. There was a great debate of whether digital art or art made with a computer or other pieces of technology are considered art. I believe art made on the computer or any kind of platform or medium is still considered art. Even if you draw on the computer, there is still a great amount of skill involved. When I first drew on the computer, my artwork was…. not good. I will show you an example of when I first drew on the computer versus how I currently draw on the computer.

It takes a lot of time, skill, and learning to draw on the computer. It took a while for me to even get the hang of looking at a computer screen instead of looking at the piece of paper I was drawing on. I kind of get offended when people say digital art is not real art because I know how much time and patience it takes to draw on the computer. You need to learn the program as well as develop your own style and make your own brushes. It is frustrating and takes a great deal of time.

Here are some examples of digital artwork:

OKAY, off tangent… Let me get back to Vanessa Blaylock.

<p><a href=”″>N is for Net / Work</a> from <a href=””>Vanessa Blaylock</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Here is an example of her artwork. She has posted many videos of her avatars on her vimeo account. Most of her videos are unusual and lack real content, but interesting. I can just say that her artwork in interesting, I have never seen anything like it before.

Wk11 – Activity – Wall Hanging

For this week’s activity we did a wall hanging of some sort. This is something that I have never done before and I made my wall hanging with items I found around my house. I cut up a bunch of shirts, found old earrings and keychains, and cut up a piece of wood. I think this activity would have been a little easier if I went to the art supply store and bought some other miscellaneous items, but I was so busy this week!

FullSizeRender 14FullSizeRender 11FullSizeRender 13FullSizeRender 12

I didn’t really have an idea in mind of what I was trying to do. I was just going with the flow and adding things I found randomly. This activity was relaxing because I was listening to nice music and just finding random things around my house. Looking through all the clutter and jewelry box, I found pieces that might go well with the wall hanging.

I never heard of fiber art before. This is the first time I have ever heard about it. I was looking through Cindy Hsu Zell’s work and I think they are great. I love the minimalistic style and it is something that I would love to hang up if I had my own apartment.

Wk10 – Artist – Joseph DeLappe


Joseph DeLappe is an Associate Professor at the University of Nevada where he runs the Digital Media Program. He works with video games and new media and his work has been featured all throughout the United States and Abroad.

His game based performative intervention “Dead-In-Iraq” was one of his pieces that stood out the most to me. In the game he was protesting by writing the names of those who died during the war in Iraq. In the recording of the online game the other players were confused and asked for an explanation of his actions. None of them really understand what he was trying to do or what he was saying. It was kind of sad really. They are playing a war game without knowing what really happens during a war. Soldiers die and their names are forgotten. It is truly honorable of Joseph DeLappe for doing a memorial for these soldiers.


This is a replication of the MQ1 predator drone. On the drone they wrote the names of three hundred and forty names of civilian casualties. Much like his “Dead-In-Iraq” piece he gives the names of those that died during a war. He attempts to humanize the way by giving the names instead of letting them just be a statistic. I find his work to be very honorable and he calls out to so many injustices in this world, especially with war and casualties.

I work by the Veterans Hospital and there are so many homeless veterans it is sad and ridiculous. It is ridiculous how this country treats those who have risked their lives for this country. It is ridiculous how they end up homeless without a penny to their name. America treats their veterans in such a shameful way. I am glad that DeLappe speaks out against this in his art. It truly is shameful and I’m glad his art speaks out against this.

Wk10 – Activity – Art Care Package

For my Art Care Package I gave it to my best friend Christina. I decided to give it to her because we have been through so much together and we are always at each other’s side. We actually survived a major car accident this week so that is what I was mainly thinking about when I was making this for her.

FullSizeRender 10

I enjoyed making this care package; it was a heart-warming experience making something with only one person in mind. All of the items here were made with some sort of meaning behind it.

Sending an ACP is similar to sending a snapchat in a sense because you are sending a picture to one person probably because it’s funny or you thought of them. It’s different because it takes a lot longer to make as well as to send. Snapchat is instantaneous while the time to make and send an ACP takes a great amount of time. Because it takes a greater amount of time making an ACP, there is more sentimental value in it than a Snapchat. With technology taking over the world and the convenience  it has given us, having things being sent instantly is better. People get things right then and now and it is just a lot more convenient for both parties, however, you lose the sense of effort that comes with taking the time to make and send something special to someone. I also feel like there is more love behind the ACP than in a Snapchat… especially for me. All I do on Snapchat is send stupid derpy pictures to my friends and get some in return. For me there is no real substance. The ACP I made for my friend was made with love and meaning.
Ephemera, depending on what kind of item, can be trash or treasure. For example, a concert ticket or plane ticket is trash, but the items or pictures taken at the concert or vacation are treasures. I was never really the sentimental type so little things like that I would just throw away. I seldom even take pictures or buy postcards, I usually just remember the moments right then and there.
Art seen at a museum versus the art that would be seen in an Art Care Package is very different. Art seen at a museum is trying to appeal to large variety of people and audiences. People would try to make sense of the art and have their own interpretations of what the artist was trying to portray. Art in an ACP is usually sent to one person, and the meaning behind the art would be understandable just upon viewing it. The art from the Art Care Package would have a huge meaning for the person that it is for but would have little to no meaning for a greater audience.


Wk9 – Artist – Guy Tang & Kat Von D


Guy Tang is a Los Angeles based celebrity hair stylist. With over one million subscribers on YouTube and 1.5 million followers on Instagram, Guy Tang is dominating the celebrity hair stylist industry right now. I knew about Guy Tang before this artist of the week because he is so popular is the beauty and makeup world. I was always in love with his creations and how well he can transforms someones look just by dying and cutting their hair.

Dying hair is a long, grueling process that can take hours and even days to complete. It takes a lot of time and effort to get a desired look or color. Guy Tang knows how to make hair look beautiful and effortless.

Here are some examples of his work. Looks effortless doesn’t it? It probably took hours to get this look because, especially with dark hair, they often have to bleach their hair more than once.. sometimes even three or four times to get that platinum or white hair. And a hairstyle like this most likely costs over $400!
Extremely jealous of his current clients! He doesn’t take any new clients at the moment. He most likely gets millions of people asking him to do their hair, and you probably need to be put on a waiting list or something, I imagine that his schedule must be packed.
It goes to show you how powerful social media is, especially since he rose to fame using it.


Kat Von D is an American tattoo artist as well as model and entrepreneur. I was familiar with her name because I always saw her makeup brand at sephora and actually bought some of her products but I did not know that she was actually a tattoo artist. She amassed her fame through being on tv shows like Miami Ink and LA Ink.


Here is a tattoo that Kat Von D did on Jeffree Star, a famous internet star. He has his own makeup brand and is also a singer (something I just learned while researching). It is funny that this week’s artist of the week included Kat Von D because there is some social media beef between Kat Von D and Jeffree Star.

Anywho, I did not know that Kat Von D was a talented tattoo artist, I can’t imagine how long it would take to create pieces of arts on people’s bodies with just a needle and ink. It is very impressive, especially shading and giving things a 3D look to it.


This week’s artist of the week was very interesting. I never really thought of Guy Tang and Kat Von D as “artists,” but after researching and thinking about it, they are very much artists. Guy Tang transforms someone’s hair for a temporary time, and Kat Von D does tattoos that will stay with someone for a life time.