Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

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Artist: Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek
Exhibition: Doodles in Space
Media: Mixed Media, Installation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
Instagram: @juliaanaaaab @tidawhitney

About the Artist

Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhiteney Lek both attend California State University Long Beach. They are both attending school to attain their Bachelors of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting. Juliana was born in Texas but was raised in LA. Like Tidawhiteney, Juliana likes to draw. She always liked art and wanted to attend a university to learn the basics of art. Tidawhitney was born and raised in Long Beach. She said that she has always loved drawing but never had the chance of actually painting when she was a child because it is too expensive. She also plans on getting her Masters at the east coast.

Formal Analysis

Tidawhitney describes their collaboration as a drawing installation. They used multiple materials ranging from wires, paper, and plastic. They described it as contemporary and is semi-planned. It was mentioned that it took them only three days to finish their piece. This piece’s direction is also very abstract with the twisting and bending of the papers. The only two colors that are visible in this work are black and white. This works really well with the lighting that was provided in the room, gave it more contrast and shadowing.

Content Analysis 

Both Tidawhitney and Juliana both love doodling. Tidawhitney did mention that they both they both think that they use too much color on their previous pieces and wanted to experiment a bit. Over time, they started using less and less color and it shows clearly on Doodle in Space since the only two colors that are used are black and white. Just like doodles, the direction that the piece did was very random and sporadic. They wanted to challenge the definition of what a doodle is by making it three dimensional.

Synthesis / My Experience

Trying to get in their exhibit was pretty fun because it was a tight space. I was stunned when I walked into their exhibit. I did not know what to make of it at first, which makes sense because it is someone’s doodle. Having them create it into a three dimensional space almost let’s me see inside their head. I personally love drawing and doodling as a past time activity and it’s very fun and interesting to see one in a three dimensional space.


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