For this week’s interview I went to the Werby Gallery to see the show entitled “Visions” put on by the Art Club. At first, there were two artists present to be interviewed but once I began asking questions, only one remained. This being said, I interviewed Liz Talbot– she’s the club president and usually the one that organizes the art galleries for the club.
A little background on Liz: she “sort of always” drew as a kid and first came to CSULB to become an animator. However, even though it was fun at first, she soon realized that she wasn’t “that kind of crazy” for animation. She had more of a craziness for being a painter and she never thought of herself to be an artist until senior year.
Although the painting that was on display in the art gallery was an abstract painting, Liz does not consider herself an abstract painter at all. She did is for a class after her professor made her paint it (or else she wouldn’t graduate it seemed). Liz is a realist painter. When talking about the differences between abstract and realist, she states that abstract typically creates space but it meant to be flattened while realist is about 3D and being in the space created (abstract painting is like pulling teeth to her while realist comes naturally; she just thinks and sees in that manner). She also states that she paints by direct observation, but makes a point to include that she is /not/ copying what she is seeing.
Lately, Liz has been working more and more with light. She focuses more on the light quality rather than the room because “light is so beautiful” and can create patterns of colors and value. To her, everything boils down to the light being omitted.
As for the rest of the gallery and the Art Club, Liz recently became president last semester (she was VP before). She says that she wants to take the club in a different direction by creating a more secure community for not only the ones that have been there for years but also the new freshmen and transfer students. She wants everyone to work together to help the club prosper and not just sit on the back burner.
With this, she tends to host gallery events and artists talks to get people interested and participating. For this show in particular, she did what is called “Anonymous Entry”. Artists were to send a digital picture of their art anonymously and then a jury or current or former members of the department would select the work to be on display. This was to make it as unbiased and fair as possible. Much of this gallery had been oil paintings dur to oil being the medium taught at CSULB– unlike may of the other schools due to it being a health risk.
Liz is constantly working, but she does enjoy it and she plans to paint for a living. “You should make art for yourself. If you don’t, you’re a slave to the gallery. You’re not allowed to grow and change in that case. That’s why so many people don’t continue when they graduate. ‘You will work all the tie and feel guilty when you’re not,’ as my professor says.”
In regards to aspiring artists and painters, Liz says to, “Work, work, work all the time.”
“It’s hard,” she says. “You’re committing yourself to a time of working hard. Anyone who is successful is in the studio every day working. Whether it’s sketching, painting or thinking– be prepared to make sacrifices for it.”
All-in-all, I would recommend others to see the artwork that was on display. There wasn’t only a huge variety of artwork and style, but it’s also a way to help those aspiring artists to get their name out there and begin a start.
(There’s no picture of Liz due to her asking I don’t take one of her but rather her artwork).