Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Juliana Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek

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Artists: Juliana Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibit: Doodles in Space

Media: Toilet seat covers, Butcher Paper, Mixed Media, Drawing Installation

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website:  N/A

Instagram: Juliana – @juliaanaaaab ; Tidawhitney – @tidawhitney

For this week’s artist conversation, I got to meet Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek. They are both on their last semester in the School of Art’s Drawing and Painting program. After CSULB, they plan on attending grad school somewhere in the East coast. Tidawhitney was born and raised in Long Beach and attended Wilson High School. When she was younger, people would tell her that she has and artistic ability. She would simply draw using paper and pencil, or she would paint on a wooden fence. Tidawhitney chose to be an art major because she knew that she would not be happy if she did not pursue art. Juliana was born in Texas, but later moved to East LA. Growing up, she always liked to draw and even won awards; however, her high school art classes were not taken seriously. When Juliana started college, she took a drawing class, but then went a semester without any art class. From there, Juliana realized she wanted to continue taking art.

Juliana and Tidawhitney’s exhibit, Doodles in Space, is a drawing installation that is very unique. There is paper all around juggled together wether it is hanging from the ceiling or pasted onto the wall. Exploring the dimensions of space, they use toilet paper seat covers, butcher paper, and other types of medium. They like to explore and play with duality, which is a reason why they chose to work with toilet paper. It has a specific transparency that you cannot buy at an art store; it is an unconventional paper. Tidawhitney states how she found it amusing that the toilet seat covers looks like a human head, but in reality, thats where our bottoms are supposed to be. On the other hand, by eliminating colors, Juliana and Tidawhitney focused on using black and white, which keeps the idea of space simple as well representing the two of them. Black represents expansion while white represents enclosed space. The exhibit is a contemporary style that explore right and left, up and down, and inside and out.

When I first entered this exhibit, I was in awe. I have never seen any exhibit like this one before, so it definitely felt like I was entering a different dimension. The use of paper all around the exhibit was very intricate and unique. To see the toilet seat covers being used in the exhibit amused me, but it fit well with the rest of the project. The artists care free and open mindedness brings out an youthful vibe. When we are younger, we doodle random images on the side of our notebooks. Through this exhibit, I felt like I was in one big doodle.

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