Demi in Art 110

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Wk11 – Artist Conversation – Caryn Aasness

Exhibition Information


Artist: Caryn Aasness
Exhibition: N/A
Media: Fiber, textile
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: @levelyellowproblemchild

About the Artist

Caryn Aasness is currently a 4th year undergraduate senior at CSULB pursing her BFA in the School of Art’s Fiber Program. She hopes to eventually attend graduate school, but would like to build up her portfolio in the period between graduation and then. Her dream project is to have her own show and would like to design textile and wallpaper in the future. About two years ago, Caryn learned how to weave and slowly began to incorporate sewing and embroidery techniques she learned from her grandmother into her works. This gallery is a collection of the works she has created utilizing these techniques with a bit of a twist to them.

Formal Analysis

Content Analysis

Synthesis / My Experience

001My favorite part of the exhibit was interpreting the messages hidden in the fabrics. Some of my favorite messages included the title “PUNCTUATION’S NOT DEAD” and in the boxes was written “EXCLAMATION POINT QUESTION MARK” and another one titled “-PALAHNIUK” and within it written “NOTHING OF ME IS ORIGINAL I AM THE COMBINED EFFORT OF EVERYONE I HAVE EVER KNOWN.” I liked this gallery of Caryn’s work because of how interactive it was. I enjoyed “working” to get to the meaning of each piece by deciphering and decoding the patterns and connecting the works together. It was a bit hard sometimes though because I made a lot of words that did not make sense until I separated them to shorter words lol. Another aspect I liked about the artist’s work is how the pieces are a bit imperfect such as the picture above. The ends don’t match evenly and the tassels don’t hang all in one row. I think details like make the work more personal.


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Wk11- Classmate Conversation – Monica Lock


This week at the SOA Galleries I met Monica! She is currently a third year business major. Monica was born and raised in Long Beach and is Cambodian like myself! She took one class in Khmer at CSULB. She can speak basic Khmer while I can only understand very little Khmer lol. We asked each other what kind of sports we participated in and in high school, Monica did badminton. Her favorite type of food is pasta (yum!). My favorite type of food is fruit and more specifically, strawberries. The funny thing is that while I love strawberries, Monica hates it and my least favorite fruit is apples and that is her favorite lol! I asked Monica what her go to drink is at Starbucks and it is a caramel macchiato upside down. She only drinks coffee on the weekends though because once she drinks coffee, she can’t sleep the next day so she drinks it when she can afford to lose sleep. Also like myself, Monica is deathly afraid of driving! The difference between us though is that she actually drives still and commutes to school. She has taken the bus before and probably prefers that to driving lol. Her favorite color is purple, but does not really wear it. About the topic of the Demi Lovato fan art, Monica has actually never drawn or looked at fan art so she didn’t really have an opinion to the topic. Monica’s favorite quote that she tries to live by is “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Here is the link to Monica’s blog: