Plaster casting in the sand was something that I have never heard of before but is a very creative project to get art and the beach involved. On the day we went it was unfortunately a very cold a windy day at the beach but it was still manageable. We began by digging our holes and then burying each one of our hands to create a shape for the mold. Then we quickly mixed the plaster with water, however at first we did not mix the right ratio. We did a 1:1 ratio whereas we should have done a 2:1, so we added another container of plater and poured it in as quick as possible. Then after waiting 30 minutes we revealed our molds that had hardened and found that they really didn’t look anything like a hand. More less a piece of coral, which of course is still a cool final product. What went wrong was most likely the thickness of the plaster. It was already starting to harden as we were pouring it in so it was hard for it to mold to the shape of a hand.
This experience was still very cool to be because it was a chance to work together and ask for help from other students as well. Also during the 30 minutes of waiting my partner and I decided to go around the beach and collect trash. There are huge amounts of litter that collect in the ocean and spilling out from ships and even gathering a simple trash bag makes a big difference. Something needed to be down and it's not a time to wait on someone else to do it. We must make it happen.
Artist: Vivian Torres
Exhibition: Fuerza A Duo Painting Exhibition
Media: Canvas, acrlyic
Gallery: LBSU School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Vivian Torres is just beginning her journey as an artist by soon graduating from College of the Arts specifically the drawing and painting program. She is apart of the BFA program as well, so she will be preparing more paintings projects for the upcoming senior show. Torres explores the ideas of feminism through her abstract pieces. When she first came to CSULB she took a women's and gender studies class which ultimately inspired her to dive deeper into the empowerment of women.
Torres used a color scheme of warm tones such as pinks, purples, and blues to portray feminity. She uses acrylic on canvas to display her vision. To get the shape of her pieces she starts by draping multiple sheets on herself and photographs them to have flow throughout her work. Even though it is abstract she still creates leading lines that allow the eye to follow smoothly across the whole painting. Torres stated that since she uses fabrics as her inspiration that she wants to incorporate that into her future fabrics by possibly draping some fabric over the cavanas while mixing it with the painting. She did however, use some stitching on one of the smaller paintings which did add a unique element of texture.
Her pieces represent and explores the characteristic of feminism. Women can dance in the ideals of society. They flow with the way of life and what combats them. That’s why she uses the drapes to get the idea of flowiness across. To Torres it’s important that both male and female are these concepts to open their eyes and her art is a form to send the message out.
Torres art is very symbolic to the ideas of feminism because in my eyes they contain figures of women. Whether that be up close and just the face or the whole body. It is empowerment. I think her work is very compelling and makes you take a second to stop and observe what her paintings reveal. Her message will be always prevalent in present past and future because the women’s movement will always be there. It’s encouraging seeing women empower other women and strive for growth, so having a represent of that on campus is a beautiful thing.