Artist: Ally Richardson
Media: Art Education
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
During this week for the artist experience, I was able to speak to Ally Richardson, who is a senior at California State University, Long Beach. According to her, she has always had a fondness for the arts and aspired for an art major because she wanted to explore her talents as well as share it with others. Ever since she was a child, she has always had a fondness for art. Being outside gave her an outlet to express how beautiful she saw the world and allow others to be able to see the world in the same way. However she did not always have the opportunity to do so. So, she strived towards something that could not only be more easy for people but also something small that people could appreciate.
With this in mind, Ally works with bobby pins. She likes to accessorize them and has a large fondness for cherry blossoms. In her work, she illustrated not only her ability to create out of nothing but also showing the sentimental feelings that she felt when she was in those moments of making them. It shows the important memories that illustrate the endearing feelings that a person can hold towards something through times of natural creativity. In addition to being an art education major, she loves to work to blacksmithing as well but she hinted that she still has a long way to go. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with in the future!
In regards to my impression of her work, when I first took a glance at her work, I thought it was really creative and unique. It was not only colorful but also had a very classy feeling to it. Moreover, I found an even bigger connection to his work after finding out more about her background. In addition, she has a mixed Mexican background, which I thought was wonderful since I have a mixed background as well in addition to having mixed Mexican cousins. We conversed about the funny idiocies and cultural tendencies, especially on food. With that in mind, I grew to enjoy the whole experience of visiting her exhibition even more so and am really glad that I had been able to spend time seeing her work.