Wk 13-Artist Conversation-Nick BamFord

Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition: No Title

Media: Plaster, Wood, Form, Found objects

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: No website

Instagram: @NickBamf4d

About the artist 

For this week’s artist conversation, I interviewed Nick Bamford. He is an undergraduate student who will be graduating this semester with his BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture. Mr. Bamford is from Huntington Beach, but decided to study at Cal State Long Beach. When he first applied to CSULB, he already had his mind set to major in Ceramics and Sculpture. During his free time, he likes to make art and explore different creations that comes to his mind. Mr. Bamford tends to go with the flow as he uses many different materials that he thinks will fit into his artwork.

Formal Analysis 

In Mr. Bamford artworks, he uses plaster, wood, foam, and found objects that were really random. He used a grocery cart that has glow sticks inside in the cart and a piece fabric material of an eye ball was glued on the side. The grocery cart was all being held together by wood, plaster and the elastic band to keep it in place. Mr. Bamford also had a fan that was on and blowing air in one of his three artworks. His three artworks looked similar, but he used random objects making it unique and different. He also purposely incorporated light bulbs and glow sticks in all of his artworks which made his work stand out when he turned off the lights. Mr. Bamford artwork looks very fragile and balanced out by the way it was sculptured.

Content Analysis 

Mr. Bamford’s inspirations were a series of objects that he thought would fit together into one sculpture. He does not plan out his artworks and rather just let it happens. If the object looks good with another object, he puts it together. Mr. Bamford likes to challenge himself with large scale objects. He finds the placement of the objects important because it’s his way of expressing himself through these artworks. Lighting also plays an important part in his artwork because it affects how he feels and what he sees in life. He compares the way he creates these sculptures piece by piece to the things that is occurring in his life over time.


When I first saw Mr. Bamford’s artworks, I thought it was different and amazed how it all held together. A grocery cart is heavy, but the wood and plaster somehow held it together. I never imagined all those pieces actually standing in place because if I put those objects myself, it would all fall over. However, people usually tend to express their feelings through a painting, but I never considered to put pieces of random things together by the situations that is happening in my life. I really liked the theme of the gallery being dark and the artworks standing out so it could be focused on more. It’s rare to find artwork like this and to see an artwork through another artists eyes.


Wk 12-Artist Conversation-Jennifer Chen

Artist: Jennifer Chen

Exhibition: Succession

Media: Ink, Printmaking

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: No website

Instagram: No Instagram

About the Artist 

For this week’s artist conversation, I met Jennifer Chen. She is a graduate student who will be graduating this semester with her masters in Printmaking at Cal State Long Beach. As she studies for her masters, she graduated with her bachelors in Biology which is a big change from printmaking. Before she decided to go back to school for her masters, she use to work for big corporations and in health departments. However, she decided that she was going to go further into her printmaking career and will be teaching an Art 270 at Cal State Long Beach in the fall.


Formal Analysis 

In Ms. Chen’s artwork, she uses printmaking and ink. In some of her artwork, she uses ink  to scribble different lines. She uses the rhythm of lines that are jagged, but most of them were straight. Furthermore, she smeared the ink to give it more of an effect so it wouldn’t only have lines. Ms. Chen also included letters in her artwork, if you look closely at the painting. However, the artwork of lines is eye opening, but it also looks like an artistic graffiti wall. In her other artworks, she uses printmaking to create the image of the suburbans and trees. It looks like a realistic photo that is found on google maps but she made it look pixelated when you look at the artwork closely. Ms. Chen focuses more on the barks of the trees and changes their colors to a pixelated dark brown, pink or purple.

Content Analysis 

Ms. Chen ideals for her artworks influenced her from the disturbance to the world. As time flies, people change and building’s are built differently. However, the trees and the ecosystem of the forest and etc. do not change. They stand the same and live until they are cut off by people. This is the reasoning to why she focuses on the barks of the trees and makes the trees more in depth overall. Google maps also plays a part in her artwork based the perspective of the trees and the suburban areas. Anything that Ms. Chen finds interesting as an artist is how she creates her art. As an artist, she has to observe her surroundings to work through these ideas.


At first when I interviewed Ms. Chen, I was confused with her artwork because it looked like a regular picture of the suburbans and the trees. Then I looked at the artworks closely and it looks like an image from google maps. Until I read Ms. Chen’s purpose of her artwork and I understood the reasoning of the trees not changing but the community itself. I realized that people do change, the building changes overtime and the city or suburbans end up looking different. However, trees do not change and if they do look any different, it has either grown taller or the branches have been cut off.

Wk 10-Artist Conversation-Helen Werner Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil, Pastel, Maker, Inks, Crayons, MonoPrints, Basswood Carving

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://www.HelenWernerCox.com

Instagram: No Instagram

About the Artist

For this week’s artist conversation, I met Helen Werner Cox. She is a graduate student who will be graduating this semester with a MFA in drawing and painting at Cal State Long Beach. Ms. Cox grew up in Ithaca, New York, then she moved to Massachusetts to study in fine arts. For about 30 years, she taught middle school and high school before she returned to school to earn her master degree. The first 13 years, she lived in Boston, then she decided to move to California because of the heavy snow and rain. When she came to California, she didn’t have any connections to get a job until she got offered to work at a middle school. She worked at a middle school for 17 years, but later became a librarian for 13 years in North Long Beach. Other than drawing and painting as her hobbies, she likes to garden and read fiction or mystery books.

Formal Analysis 

Ms. Cox’s artworks were all different but had a relation with each piece because of the horses. Some of the horses were on carousels and the others were drawn differently with the colors and medias that were used.

The photo on the left is called, “Breakout or Outbreak-Which Will It Be?”. The carousel is spinning in circles as the horses are moving up and down made her create this scene of the horses as she sat in the carousel. She used oil and pastel for this artwork and it took her a long time because the artwork was so big. The artwork is so detailed with the technique of streaks that she used to make the horse’s colors stand out because of the dark blue background. The photo on the right is called, “Silent Screams”. In this artwork, she used large brushes to paint the color brown, then she began to draw each line creating the black background ; the design on top of the horses and the horses itself. She used multiple strokes with the brush to create the body shape of the horses and the background.

These artworks were different compared to the first two. The photo on the left was drawn using marker, inks, and crayons. The brown horse blends well with the aqua dark background that compliments each other well. Ms. Cox also splattered white paint and used white on the horse’s body to enhance the colors so it will not look as dark and create a simple effect. She also used the technique called mono prints to creative a pattern in her artwork. The photo on the right is called, “Unleashed”. She used Basswood carving to create this piece of artwork, the head is a young women with her chest included but the bottom part of her body is the horse’s body. The texture looks smooth but has the carving marks on the body. The work overall is detailed with the curls in the hair, the shape of the face and the exact bottom part of a horse.

Content Analysis 

Ms. Cox’s artwork was inspired by carousels and the horses. She points out that the horses on the carousel would go around constantly and it’s not getting anywhere. It is an endless cycle to her as she compares people’s lives to the carousel because people lives is an endless cycle. The horses going up and down on the carousel spectacle represents the mistakes that people go through on a daily basis. It’s a cycle of mistakes that people make and they keep redoing the same mistakes over again. The carousel also shows how it can’t go backwards like how we can’t go back in the day, it keeps going forward. The cycle keeps going until people eventually pass away. This feeling of people making the same mistakes in life made her express this in her artworks.


The artwork of the horses reminds me of the superstition that is in my buddhist culture. I use to have a painting of horses in my house, and it needed to be a certain amount of horses to have good luck. It was a painting of horses running one direction and it reminded me of Ms. Cox’s artwork. The horses in her painting are headed in one direction and it’s leading a path in life. Horses to me are very powerful and it does have a meaning to life even though people some wouldn’t think that. I never noticed how our lives is a cycle and people are making the same mistakes. It showed me how powerful Ms. Cox artwork is.