Week 15 Activity – Artist Interview – Elia Murray

After meeting up with Gibson Reedy, I walked around the entire art gallery to take a look at what we get to see for today. Moments later I stumbled across Elia Murray’s amazing artwork. Her artwork consist of lively characters and playful themes in the artwork. Murray stated that her Disney like quality promote in audience a feeling of childhood curiosity and  wonder. While Murray paints mostly with watercolor, she also enjoys writing short stories and poems. Murray also pointed out that she wishes to work in animation as well. As of now, Murray is currently trying to write a children’s book with poetry and illustrated pictures. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Murray speak about her many ideas, including a story she wrote about a black bear transforming into another creature. I can’t wait to see what else Murray has in mind and I hope to see her spread out and end up in television.

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Week 11 Activity – Artist Interview – Gabriel Garcia

Another day, another week at the student art museum gallery observing awesome pieces of artwork designed by talented artists. So after doing my exclusive classmate interview with Tai Bui, I entered the Gatov West Gallery, where I had the opportunity to observe some amazing art piece by Gabriel Garcia. Garcia’s work focuses on Toxic masculinity, which shows the negative aspect of male masculinity in today’s world. Garcia pointed out some interesting topics for creating these art pieces. He states that domestic violence should be reported more often so that it does not continue. Also he points out that certain people from the military tend to be violent against their spouses as well. Garcia created some of these posters by saying that just because someone is in service of the United States, it doesn’t give men the right to be violent towards people they love.

I was intrigued with Garcia’s work since I am a man as well, I never had these violent tendencies towards anybody. The first thing that grabbed my attention was a giant banner that said, “Don’t be a pussy.” I’m sure every single one of us has heard that phrase many times. Garcia’s messages are very powerful in terms of getting people to understand how much of a problem domestic violence is. I liked that he referred to the 2014 controversial issue of NFL player, Ray Rice, who abused his future spouse. Which was a big thing especially for football fans.

Domestic violence is nothing to be laughing about and I’m glad to see a talented artist put his time to create these amazing posters for us to witness. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to this and see that there is someone out there trying to spread these messages for us to help end this tragedy.

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