Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

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Artist: Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek
Exhibition: Doodles in Space
Media: Mixed Media, Installation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
Instagram: @juliaanaaaab @tidawhitney

About the Artist

Doodles in Space is a collaborative exhibit between Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek. Both artists are students in CSULB earning their BFA degree in Drawing and Painting. Juliana was raised in Los Angeles and found herself falling in love with art during her college years. She wanted to learn the basics of art in college but found passion in drawing and pursued the major. Tidawhitney was raised in Long Beach and grew up drawing. She pursued her true passion from the beginning and is even considering doing a Masters degree in the East Coast. She describes her art as contemporary with intricate details and bright colors, but that slowly transitioned into black and white for this exhibit.

Formal Analysis

The exhibit is a space of erratic, almost mind-bending shapes of black and white mixed media ranging from paper, plastic, wiring, and fabrics such as mesh. Wiring is used to mold overlaying objects into geometric shapes and intricate structures. Fabrics and paper are folded or cut into symmetrical patterns and arranged in grand sweeping forms across the room.White and black paint are splattered unsystematically to add pops of contrast. More details are included using white tags and black strings hung across or bundled on large masses of paper/mesh.

Content Analysis

Juliana and Tidawhitney both love doodling but wanted to experiment with it. They wanted to challenge the domain and definition of “doodling” by bringing it to a three dimensional space. The artists believe that doodling is a process that subjectifies the creator and the created, bringing together the consciousness and its discoveries. The visual they created mimics the liberation of the act and the typically vapid results of doodles, but adds substance by using grand, tangible, and complex projections of thought.

Synthesis / My Experience

Aesthetic-wise, the overall exhibit was beautiful and put you in another dimension, keeping me intrigued and entertained. Just like these artists, drawing and doodling are also a big part of my life. Being able to step into this space felt like being inside somebody’s creative mind as they doodle. It felt familiar in the sense that I can’t make much sense of where my ideas for doodles come from, just like how all the shapes, patterns, and structures of the installation don’t have formal organization. The use of black and white, to me, was a nice touch because it’s almost trying to simplify the complexity of the creative process for an outsider’s perspective.

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