WK7: Artist Convo – Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Artist: Juliana Bustillo and Tidewhitney Lek

Exhibition: Doodles in Space

Media: Paper

Gallery: Werby Gallery

Contact: @juli22n2222b, @tidawhitney

Two artists I got to talk to this week are Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek. They currently finish their last semester as Drawing and Painting in School of Art. After graduating from CSULB, they plan on doing grad school on the East Coast. Juliana was born in Texas, but moved to East L.A later on. Growing up, she really likes drawing and involves in competition to win the award. During her high school time she weren’t taking art too seriously because it is the time where everyone tries to define themselves. However, she took a drawing class when college start. From there, she realized her passion for art. As for Tidawhitney, she was born and raised in Long Beach. When she was young, she got high praise for her talent in art. She simply would paint on a wooden fence, or draw using paper and pencil. Unlike Juliana, she realized her passion for art much sooner.

In Juliana and Tidewhitney’s exhibit, Doodle in Space, it contained a strange yet very unique way of expressing art. There is paper all around jumble together hanging from the ceiling and pasted onto the wall. To replicate the dimension of space, they used every type of thin paper, even including toilet paper seat covers. It is quite thin that give off a transparency that none other paper types could do. They used adhesive spray and drywall to put everything together. Tidawhitney states how she found it amusing that toilet seat covers look like a human head, but in reality, that’s where our bottoms are supposed to be. On the other hand, by eliminating most of the color besides black and white, both are able to draw out the idea of space. Black represents expansion, taking our universe as an example, while white represents enclosed space like our Milky Way galaxy.

Tidewhitney mentioned that the installation the came out flowy and wasn’t as they planned. When they first creating their artwork, they worked with outside in. They worked with manipulating the wall first, then move to the middle portion of the gallery. Tidewhitney said she thought the room was too small at first, but it caught her unexpected when she finished. It feels a lot bigger giving her the right feeling of space.

When I first enter the exhibit, the first thing I saw was toilet seat covers. It took me by surprise a bit because I would not be expected any artist to be using toilet seat covers. Despite using unique materials, I realized it is the representation of space right away. The black and white mixed well together contain a flow of, seems to be, life. I really like the piece in the middle of the room. It triggers from the top and freely falls to the bottom. The artists didn’t stop at that when it hit the bottom, they include diamond shape paper to connect and to create a fade away effect. It was really fascinating to see the artists using simple materials to create such a master piece.



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