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Week 2- Artisit Conversation- Nichole Speciale







First Impression: When I first saw this piece “If You Wish to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch”, I became immediately intrigued. The colors, the shapes, the sounds were all screaming “Colliding Galaxies” at me and that is right up my alley. Ever since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated with space. In middle school and high school I thrived in science classes and then came home to watch “The Universe” on the History Channel. It was from the History Channel where I gained most of my knowledge about the expanse of matter beyond Earth. One episode in particular came to mind when I saw this piece; it was an episode talking about what would happen if the Milky Way Galaxy continued its trajectory and merged into the spiral galaxy Andromeda in 4.5 billion years, creating one super massive elliptical galaxy.

I was amazed that the piece was actually creating a series of sounds that were foreign but almost telling, like something life-changing had just happened, or was going to. I had never seen anything like it, the way it connected to a speaker, I struggled to understand how it worked. I also loved the use of metal, not only just because I liked how the light reflected off it, but because I thought it better represented how it would be if two galaxies merged together. Both galaxies would be full of solid matter, some crashing into each other. On one hand, the use of metal made the merge look terrifying and catastrophic. One the other hand, the music sounded peaceful, like this merge of galaxies was necessary for nature to create a new-beginning.

Nichole Speciale:

Nichole Speciale currently attends UC San Diego and is pursuing her career as an artist. Much of her work is inspired by her conservation mindset that she developed in her academic career. Many of Nichole’s pieces emphasize structure and explore mimicry,reflection, and constellation. In her piece, I saw the two spiral galaxies mimicking and reflecting each other. It makes me question if she meant them to be the same,reflecting, or two coming together, mimicking and very similar.

She wanted to go beyond two-dimensional paintings, so she began to work with other materials that would not restrict her ideas of structure. I found that many of her three-dimensional visual depictions are based on macro- and micro- universe illustrations. In fact, she has been working with astronomic material from NASA and astronomer Carl Sagan to create her ornamental structures.

I was happy to find that my interpretation of her work was on the right path, being a constellation structure. I hope to see more of her work in person, but here is a link to her website if you would like to see more of her galactic work:




Week 1- Classmate Conversation- Chelien Nouchee Kue


 This week I met the lovely Chelien Nouchee Kue, a freshman at California State Long Beach. Chelien is currently commuting from Santa Ana, CA and is attending college to major in nursing. She comes from a family where education is highly valued, especially education that leads to a career in the medical field. Chelien is also the first person I have ever met who identifies as Hmong, a ethnicity that originated in Eurasia. Something she shared with me that I found especially intriguing was that European genes were part of the Hmong genetic make-up, allowing for some to have blonde hair and blue eyes. Not only did I get to learn of this beautiful person, I also learned about a fascinating culture I had never heard of.

Though Chelien is pursuing a career as a nurse, I found that she enjoys sewing and fashion. Her expression through sewing and fashion is her art-form. Her favorite art medium happens to be drawing, though she isn’t passionate about it like sewing, she enjoys it from time-to-time. When I asked her about what type of art pieces she is interested in she said “anything that is visually appealing”. Though she does not find abstract art interesting, she especially finds architecture appealing to her eye, one of her favorites being Victorian homes for the shapes and coloring Victorian’s usually have. Another type of architecture that appeals to her visually are rustic, cabin homes because of the texture and coloring of natural wood. I had never thought of architecture as art before, so this was eye-opening to me. The more I thought about it, the more I agreed. Though it may not be obvious, architecture can be composed of many shapes, sizes, materials that include different textures, and colors of many shades.


What Chelien found at the GLAMFA gallery show was a piece titled “Beautiful Nothings 1&2” by the artist Audrey Barcio. She said she found the piece visually appealing because it made her question what it was. At first, she said it didn’t look like anything but as she stared longer she saw beauty in it. She thought she finally understood the meaning behind the piece, that something doesn’t have to be full of meaning to be beautiful, it could be nothing but still hold beauty. She stated the fur reminded her of animals. i thought she might make this association because there was a time where she thought of becoming a veterinarian before she decided to become a nurse. When I took a walk with her over to the “Beautiful Nothings 1&2”, I immediately thought it looked like a pet rock because of the fur attached to what looked like a stone. The first one looked almost frozen to me, with its blue paint and dazzling glitter. Our differences in perception further give evidence to the idea that art is subjective in nature, meant to mean different things to different people.

I enjoyed my time getting to know Chelien. If you’d like to learn more about her, her site is:


Week 1- GLAMFA Artist- Carla Jay Harris


This week I found Carla Jay Harris’ photography piece titled “Seven” from her retreat series very intriguing. Carla Jay Harris is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles. Being a daughter of a military man, Harris moved often and longed for stability. She found this stability in her love for photography, with the snap shots that capture the ever-changing way of life. Carla Jay Harris uses the medium of photography to highlight American culture, both socially and politically and how these social and political environments effect a person’s identity.


Above is Harris’ photograph titled “Seven”  from the retreat series. This photo caught my eye immediately and stuck me on a deep, emotional level. I began to contemplate what Harris was trying to convey. It may be cliche, but this photograph really does speak a thousand words. The words evoked when I began to analyze this piece were: innocence, longing, shadowed, tainted, lost, brainwashed. At first I believed this was a woman who was genuinely pure at heart, but was loosing that innocence because of the ideas put in her head. Then I switched to the idea that maybe the shadow standing above is her oppressor, maybe she is laying on that grass longing to be released from the shadow others have placed over her.

Because I struggle with the disorder of depression, I tried to identify with this piece. I saw myself being the girl laying on the grass, trying to clear my head in the nature of the dark thoughts that corrupt my head. I thought it was important that the shadow only covered her head, thinking it could mean a mental sickness that clouds her judgment like my depression has done to me at times.


From my own personal experience of being pressured by my family and those around me, my perception changed again. Maybe she herself is so different from that shadow of black above, it could be a family member, or maybe a pressure in life, that guilt her into being someone she is not. My thinking went deeper and more global, entertaining the idea that it could be the society we live in that puts so much pressure on females to act or dress or look in a certain way that has tainted her mind and filled her with negative thoughts. After learning more about the artist, Carla Jay Harris, my opinion is that she means to represent that the woman’s identity is being compromised by the shadow of society’s ideals, especially in America. I find this piece inspirational and multidimensional.

You can learn more about Carla Jay Harris and her works at :