Artist: Carmina Correa
Media: Lollipops, ramen, sugar, molds
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi
Website / Instagram: N/A
About the Artist
For this week’s artist conversation, I got to speak with Carmina Correa. She lives in Anaheim and is a senior in the at the CSULB’S School of Art’s Sculpture program. Carmina has always worked sculpturally because she finds it intuitive. Besides art, Carmina professionally plays video games and streams video games. Carmina is Type II diabetic, which is her inspiration for her exhibit.
Around the room, there are wrapped red lollipops sticking out of the wall. The red lollipops have silver strips down the middle. They are in a placed in a straight, horizontal line across the wall. On each corner, there are ramen packets. In the middle of the room, there are huge black and green masses.
Carmina’s exhibit is centered around her illness of Type 2 diabetes. Everything in the exhibit contains sugar in order to condition her not to eat it. In the lollipops, there are glucose strips with Carmina’s blood. There are ramen packages at every corner because it is known to be a socio economic problem. Ramen is the epitome of convenience for college kids. Thus, this indicates that some times is it hard to afford healthier food options. For the masses in the middle, the black part is mold. Then she casted the green sugar out of it. It is a 3D scan of her entire body.
Synthesis/ My Experience
Walking into the exhibit, I found it quite simply. Lollipops organized in an orderly manner, two random masses in the middle, and ramen packages at each corner. However, when I talked to Carmina and took a look at the whole picture, I realized that each individual part is the sum of Carmina herself. Each part represents her life as a Type 2 diabetic. It is interesting to see how it all comes together. Diabetes is an extremely common illness in our world nowadays. However, it is great to see that Carmina is finding art as a way to express her life and be happy.