Week 4 Conversations(Artist+Classmate)

Artist: Makaila Palmer

For week 4 of CSULB Art 110, I chose to interview a Makaila Palmer for the artist portion. Her brief description on the art 110 main site is as follows: “paintings utilize colors from European currency to explore the idea of language and communication between diverse people and regions”. The reason I found this to be of a great degree of interest right off the bat was because I do have an infatuation with money: (not to be mixed with monetary value) and how it is integrated in modern economic systems and societies, which coincides with the ECON and PHIL classes I am currently taking. Off to the Gatov-West, then.

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Anyhow, the paintings are very visually appealing. The use of colors DOES in fact seem to be true to the description (previously given) and feature the colors from what is seen to be European currencies. The first thing I noticed is that the colors used in each painting do vary overall. Palmer’s explanation for this was that each painting represented a different location. And since different countries use different currencies as a medium, this allowed for each painting to have a unique theme of color. She also mentioned that the colors are strictly from the currencies, which imposed a pretty difficult challenge. I can see what she meant by this as she had to make a very aesthetic background with a severe limitation. A fun fact is that her paintings all share a few subtle features in common. Upon closer examinations, you will notice that a number of faint stars and bridges are all portrayed within the paintings- small symbolism that refers to currency.

Her main inspiration for making these works of art is attributed heavily to her travels. She found that going to new places gave her valuable memories, and she definitely recommends that everyone find their own travel experiences. Most of her trips were study abroad sessions- which of course, were for art studies. For her, every new city and new country that she visited offered her a completely new experience. Even these art pieces were a new endeavor for her, as she did not have any prior experience in painting landscapes before she starting traveling around. Her favorite place of all was visiting Ireland.

I personally found the colors used in the paintings to be both unique and pleasing to look at. Although I have limited familiarity with European currencies, I found it easy enough to make the association and appreciate the hard work that was outputted.

Classmate Conversation: Joseph Awadallah

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This week I had the great pleasure of having a chat with Joseph Awadallah. Joseph has Palestinian parents as well as family residing in Palestine. His parents are Catholic which is a reminder of the cultural diversity that exists in Palestine. This is Joseph’s first year at CSULB and he is currently an undeclared major. He lives in Cypress, which is not too far from CSULB so he is able to commute to school. Joseph also has a great interest in sports, with soccer and basketball being his favorite hobbies in general. He enjoys spending much of his free time working out at the gym, listening to music, or watching sports such as soccer/basketball/football. When inquired about a favorite food Joseph will quickly answer with something called “Upside Down”. He explained it as a mix of rice and chicken but swore that it was way more appetizing than it seems. I have never heard of the dish before so I actually had to google it…Turns out it is formally called “Maqloobeh” and it is a Palestinian dish…and it definitely is mouth-watering.

He is currently busy with a job at Papa John’s as a pizza delivery guy as well.

I enjoyed talking to Joseph Awadallah and found him to be an extremely cool dude. I wish him the best of luck at CSULB and his future endeavors outside of that.

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