Visual Arts

Christina CalmaShe/Her/Hers
“24 Hours of Trash”

With a means to create awareness for our environment’s health through art and sculpture, I collected trash for the time period of 24 hours and created a piece in which conceals what we know as “trash”. From plastic food netting to single-use containers, we encounter various items throughout our day produced from plastic that as a result, are used once and then thrown away as waste. The entire structure of this piece is created with only the trash I accumulated in one day and even so
its lifelike embellishments (excluding the acrylic paint). This piece was created to expose the concealment of waste to modern-day society and bring change within our everyday lives to take care and be mindful of our current environment.

Medium: Recycled paper, plastic food containers, food netting, acrylic paint

Tanya GarciaShe/Her/Hers
“Wave of Emotions”

This work captures the duality of emotions that I express during my creativity process. Emotions overruns my works and it is an important process I wanted to display in the physical space. When thinking of “fine art” works, I can not help but insert an image that disrupts the tension and serious space. Creativity arises from the process of creating works which includes emotions.

Shohre EsfandiariShe/Her/Hers
“COVID 19”

I was inspired by Jackson Pollock‚Äôs abstract artworks (1947-1952), and my art history course about Modern American Art & Pop Art during COVIDE-19 pandemic time. It is drip painting pouring & manipulating liquid paint. I started last fall & you can see on UCI exhibition: querencia2020.com. First abstract painting on muslin fabric (65×33 in) with colors. The second uses the same painting style acrylic colors on muslin fabric (40×50 in). The third one is painting on glass (8×10 in) & antique wood frame.

Joshua SwankHe/Him/His
“Oso Viejo Park”

Painting done in an impressionist style. The work took around 3-4 months to complete. Orange acrylic underpainting creates a level of depth within the blue sky. Based off a photo taken during a walk in Oso Viejo Park, Mission Viejo CA.

“Creation”

Abstract image of a woman surrounded by concentric circles and absurd shapes. The woman is isolated in her own personal quarantine “bubble”. Thematically inspired by the Book of Ecclesiastes and Revelation, along with the geometric stylings of Kandinsky and Delaunay.

“Snoopy”

The artist’s dog, an exceptional Parson terrier. Based off a photo taken during a neighborhood walk.

Kelly Pan She/Her/Hers
“this is art.”

Using two title cards, each describing the other, I create conversation about the limitations of what art can (and cannot) be. The larger title card reads that the smaller card is art, while the smaller reads that the larger is not. Using the simplicity of text, and with the notorious typeface Comic Sans no less, I ask the audience to come up with their own interpretation of art. As the artist, I’ve imperatively fed you information about my work, but ultimately, only you can decide for yourself. Are the pieces meant to be taken literally? Are they supposed to be understood as two works of art? And at the end of the day, is this art?

Haley KimShe/Her/Hers
“Dream”

Everyone dreams while sleeping. The content of the dream may come from our previous and present experience, or it may be a fictional one that cannot happen in reality. Interestingly, as time goes by, the strong dream memories in our hearts are gradually forgotten and faded away. I wanted to show that dreamy and mystical dream memories remain somewhere in our heads through monoprints which show a continuity like the old photographic film.